History

Curriculum Intent:

The History department aims to provide students with an exciting and engaging curriculum that prepares them with key skills and some relevant contextual knowledge to ensure they make progress whilst developing an enthusiasm for the subject. 

  • The History curriculum aims to ignite a passion for the subject within students, SOW delivered allow all students to make progress, as well as deepening their knowledge and understanding
  • Areas of the KS3 curriculum revised to ensure mastery. ‘Deep’ learning embedded into lessons, including key command words and subject specific key terms and words.
  • Literacy and numeracy activities incorporated into lessons wherever possible. Literacy based tasks within assessments for KS3.
  • Curriculum at KS4 is appropriate and engaging to students. Content is relevant to all learners and diverse.
  • Recall activities are embedded within all schemes of work to ensure content is retained in the long-term.
  • Assessments are rigorous and demand a ‘deep knowledge’ from students. They are amended and differentiated where appropriate for the students we teach.
  • Moderation and quality assurance through links with SIL History partner; Joe Ollerton


Department Staff and Roles:

  • Lynnsey Crowley: Acting Subject Leader / Assistant Head Teacher
  • Andrea Rampton: History teacher (part-time)
  • Karen McDonnell: History teacher
  • Pam McFarlane: History teacher


Year 7

Term 1:
Other world study; The Roman
1066 contenders to the throne and the Battle of Hastings.


Term 2:
Conquer and control; how did William keep control of England?
Archbishop versus King; the story of Thomas Becket.

Term 3:
Power and the people; Magna Carta.
The deadliest of deadly diseases; the Black Death, 1348.
A ‘history mystery’; the tale of the princes in the tower.

Year 8

Term 1:
A tour of the Tudors; the religious turmoil of Tudor England.
A ‘golden age’; a study of Elizabethan England; exploration and expansion.

Term 2:
The Transatlantic Slave Trade; examining origins, impact and Liverpool’s involvement.
Children in factories; the Industrial Revolution, social conditions and the involvement of children.

Term 3:
Crime and punishment; a study of conditions in Victorian, East End London; how these enabled England’s first serial killer.
A Liverpool Study: ‘A world in one city’.

Year 9

Term 1:
Causes of WW1: world affairs and the implication of nationalism, imperialism and global alliances. Recruitment, conditions and impact.Rise of the Nazi Party: how Hitler rose to power, brief overview of life in Nazi Germany. Holocaust.

Term 2:
USA: Civil rights, Martin Luther King’s legacy. Case study; JFK.
A world study: the Native Americans; who were they? What were their beliefs?

Term 3:
Migration and settlement: migration across the US, settlement of different groups. The growth of the cattle industry and impact on the Native Americans.
Law and Order: the issue of enforcing law and order in new settlements. Conflict and tension; the destruction of the Native American way of life.

KS4 GCSE

Year 10

Term 1:
British study: Early Elizabethan England

Term 2:
Breadth study: Medicine through time; 1250-1500 period and Renaissance medicine; causes/ prevention and treatment.

Term 3:
Breadth study: Medicine through time; 1700- present-day medicine; causes/ prevention and treatment.

Year 11

Term 1:
Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39: the origins and early challenges of the Republic, recovery of the Republic, early development of the Nazi Party.
‘Lean years’ and growth of support for the Nazi Party.

Term 2:
Depth Study: Hitler consolidates power: Hitler becomes Chancellor, creation of a dictatorship. ‘Opposition, resistance, conformity’, a ‘police state’ and how attitudes were controlled.
Depth Study: Life in Nazi Germany: policies towards women and the young, employment and living standards, the persecution of minorities.

Term 3:
Revision: Paper one and American West (Paper two)
Revision: Early Elizabethan England (Paper two) and Weimar and Nazi Germany.

KS5 A-Level

Year 12
Term 1:
Britain1951-1964: ‘The affluent society’.
Tsarist Russia and Communist Russia, 1855-1964: Trying to preserve autocracy.

Term 2:
Britain 1964-1970: ‘Sixties Britain’.
Russia: the collapse of autocracy.

Term 3:
Britain 1970-1979: ‘The end of the post-war consensus’.
Russia: the collapse of autocracy and Lenin.

Year 13
Term 1:
Britain 1979-1990: ‘The impact of Thatcherism’.
Russia: the emergence of a Communist dictatorship.

Term 2:
Britain 1979-1990: ‘Towards a new consensus’.
Russia: political authority of Stalin and the rise of Khrushchev.

Term 3:
Britain 1997-2007: ‘The era of new Labour’.
Russia: the state of the Soviet Union, 1964.
Revision of Russia.
Revision of Modern Britain.
One hour per week final half term to begin NEA (Non-Examined Assessment).

Department Courses: 

Online Edexcel mock marking training (November 2018). Edexcel GCSE course (March 2019). Archdiocese Trust meeting (Feb 2019). History Network meetings (October, March and June 2019).

Exam Board:

Edexcel (GCSE)
AQA (A-Level)

Extra-Curricular:

‘Humanities Club’ run in terms 1 and 2 of the school year for KS3.