Curriculum – History


Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9

At KS3 students study a wide range of history from the Romans to the Second World War. Students are encouraged to develop a range of skills including source evaluation, debate, chronological understanding and effective written communication. They are assessed once every half term. Key stage three is also used to prepare students for study at GCSE.
In year 9, students have the opportunity to visit the battlefields of Ypres in Belgium.
Ypres 3

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11

At KS 4 students follow the Edexcel History specification.

Unit 1: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present day

The definition of crime through the ages and introduction of new laws
The development of law enforcement through the ages
The evolution of punishments over time
A specific study of the policing of Whitechapel in the nineteenth century

History - whitechapel in later 19th century

Unit 1 Assessment:
Exam paper – 1 hour 15 minutes
Worth 30% of the GCSE

Unit 2(a): Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

The origins of the Cold War
The crisis of the Cold War including Berlin, Cuba and Czechoslovakia
Détente and the end of the Cold War

History - richard-nixon-and-leonid-brezhnev

Unit 2(b): Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

• The succession of Elizabeth and the settlement of Religion
• Challenges to Elizabeth from home and abroad, including the Spanish Armada
• Elizabethan society and voyages of exploration to the New world

Unit 2 Assessment:
Exam paper – 1 hour 45 minutes
Worth 40% of the GCSE

History - Queen_Elizabeth I

Unit 3: USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

The development of the civil rights movement
The development of protest and radicalisation in the civil rights movement
The involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War
The reaction to the involvement in the war

Unit 3 Assessment:
Exam paper – 1 hour 15 minutes
Worth 30% of the GCSE

History - Civil rights

Additional Information

Historian of the Term Award
This award is given to students from years 7-11 for outstanding academic ability at the end of the term.