Aims of the curriculum

The History curriculum at Key Stage 4 encourages all pupils to: 

  • evelop a personal interest in why history matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • develop their knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history with an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context whilst actively engaging in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of history.

Curriculum overview

Students complete four units across Years 9 -11.
Studies in Depth: 
• Elizabeth I 1558 – 1603
• Germany in Transition 1919 – 39
Studies in Breadth: 
• Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain c.500 to the present day
• USA 1929 - 2000

Teaching methods and student organisation

Pupils are taught within mixed ability option groups at Key Stage 4

Progression after Key Stage 4

Pupils have the opportunity to progress with their study of history at Key Stage 5 upon successful completion of the GCSE examination course.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Additional support is available from subject teachers upon pupil request.  Revision sessions take place close to the final examination in Year 11.  Parents will be informed via letter of the dates and location once the final examination timetable is published.

Pupils have the opportunity to participate in the annual visit abroad (Berlin, Belgium etc.)


How can you help your child?

Parents can support their child be monitoring the completion of weekly homework and ensuring that revision takes place at home for all end of unit tests.  Wider reading around the subject is encouraged by the department.