Welcome to the History department


In History we ask questions, explore sources and evidence and arrive at an interpretation. We then use our best writing skills to sharpen our answers. This will lead to even more questions and a new enquiry gets underway…

The History department believes that the knowledge and understanding of historical events is crucial in our understanding of who we are today. Past events shape the way our world is today and the way people live their lives. History teaches you skills to question, challenge, justify and present arguments about different historical events. To develop as a historian students will focus on both the contextual knowledge as well as the relevant skills required to analyse the events of the past.


Mr I Vickers – Course Leader

Ms B Feltham 

Mrs C Webster 

Mrs A Pettit 

Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)

Our Phase 2 course is based on a series of ‘Enquiries’ which run chronologically, starting in 1066 and at the end of Year 8, students look at the ‘Space Race’ of the 1960s. 

Examples of these include: 

  •     How much change did William the Conqueror really bring to England after 1066?
  •       What do maps tell us about Islam during the Middle Ages?
  •       How significant is the Tudor ship – The Mary Rose ?
  •       Why was a ship called the Isle Of Wight carrying slaves leaving Portsmouth in 1720?

How important was deception to the Allies on D-Day in 1944?

Topics – Year 7 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn The Middle Ages 1066-1509 The Middle Ages 1066-1509
Spring The Tudors 1485-1603 The Tudors 1485-1603
Summer Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750  Civil War and beyond 1642- 1750
Topics – Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Change and Revolution 1750 -1900 Change and Revolution 1750-1900 
Spring Victorian Britain Victorian Britain
Summer The 20th Century The 20th Century
 How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 
Reading Provision of reading materials- newspaper articles, magazine articles- discussions around reading material.
Useful Websites www.gcsepod.com / BBC Bitesize / YouTube
Exam Practice CGP Revision Guides (above) for examples of answers.

Timed exam questions at home.

Resources Revision Guides will contain practice questions.


Phase 3 (Years 9, 10 and 11) 

History GCSE – Edexcel 

History takes an exciting and in-depth look into four very different topics over the course of Year 9, 10 and 11. The course is designed to encourage students to adopt an ‘enquiry’ approach, always gathering as much information as possible and using this as a springboard to asking even more questions. The study of Medicine from 1250 until today is the longest span of time covered. We track developments in areas such as genetics, surgery and epidemics like plague, looking out for breakthroughs in treatment and prevention and identifying why these happened at a particular point in time. 

The study of Britain, either side of the 1066 invasion of William the Conqueror, emphasises the impact of such a key event on Britain itself. Analysing what changes and what stays the same is also central to the study of The American West in the 1800s. The desire to cross American Plains for a new life is a story of survival and determination – but the clash with the Native Americans shows how cultures clash. 

We study life in Nazi Germany before World War Two but the topic starts on the day of the German surrender in 1918 at the end of the First World War and looks at how a defeated nation came to be led by Adolf Hitler. 

In Year Nine aspects of all of the four units are approached in order to develop specific skills linking closely with Phase 2. 

The History course enables students to explore a range of important issues at local, national and international levels whilst engaging with the past and present simultaneously. 

Assessment: Three exam papers; the longest is 1 hour 45 minutes 

Paper 1: British thematic study with the historic environment. Medicine in Britain 1250-present including an enquiry into treatment and surgery on the Western Front 1914-18 

Paper 2: British depth study : Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060- 1088.  Period Study: The American West, c.1835-1895.

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study. Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

Topics – Year 9 


Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Medicine in Britain : Enquiry – Treatment and Injuries on the Western Front 1914-8 Weimar Germany and the rise of extremism 
Spring The End of The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33 The End of The Weimar Republic and rise of the Nazi Party 1929-33
Summer The Native Americans in the early 19th Century  The Anglo Saxons  prior to 1066 
Topics – Year 10 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn The Norman Conquest 1066 Norman England 1066-88
Spring American West : Development              of the Plains 1862-9 American West : Conflict and Conquest 1876-96 
Summer Nazi Control and Dictatorship 1929-33 Life in Nazi Germany 1933-9
Topics – Year 11


Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Medicine in Britain 1250-1700 Medicine in Britain 1700-Modern Day 
Spring Revision of all Units  Revision of all Units
Summer Revision and end of year exams. Examinations
Support available 
Useful Websites The History Google Classrooms are regularly updated.

Highly recommended : GCSEpod and BBC Bitesize (Exam Board Specific)

Intervention Parents and students will be contacted.
Masterclasses Twice each half Term; open to all Year 11 students. 


How parents can support 
Homework In Week A students complete a written assessment in class, completing the second question at home. The topics for the next assessment is explored in Week B.  
Revision Guide All Year 11 students have been provided with a Pearson Revision Guide for each module.
Exam Practice The Revision Guide (above) includes additional questions.


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