Scheme of work
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Curriculum Information History



Mr G Johnstone

Head of Department

Miss D Brown

Teacher of History / English

Mr K Hodges

Assistant Headteacher

Mr D Chapman

Assistant Headteacher

Mr N Moorby

Teacher of Geography / History

History gives the opportunity to study the history of our local area, country and the wider world from the Dark Ages to present day. Students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of their place in society, and how they got there. From year 7 to A Level, History offers the chance to explore how we have developed through the last two thousand years.

Keystage 3

Our revised Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst at the same time offering a breadth of understanding to pupils in history. Fortnightly homework extends the learning done in class allowing students to develop their understanding.


Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic


Lancaster / Dark Ages

Britain 1066 – 1509 – The Norman Conquest / Church and Crown

Britain 1066 – 1509 – Medieval Life


Britain 1509 – 1745 – The Reformation / Elizabeth I

Britain 1509 – 1745 – Witchcraft / The Civil War / Cromwell and the Restoration

The Slave Trade / British Empire


Britain 1745 – 1901 – Public Health and Industrialisation / Development of Democracy

Britain 1745 – 1901 –Development of Democracy – The Suffragettes / The First World War

The Second World War / The Holocaust / The Post-War World

Overall curriculum model attached.

Keystage 4

In year 10 we are following the new Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) course. The full specification can be found at:



In year 11, for this year, we will follow the Edexcel Modern World History A syllabus. The full specification can be found at:




Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic


Weimar and Nazi Germany

Weimar and Nazi Germany / Superpower Relations and the Cold War

Superpower Relations and the Cold War / Medicine Through Time


Controlled Assessment : USA 1945-70

International Relations 1945-90


Signpost parents to more information: SoW/ assignment briefs/overview

Keystage 5

For pupils starting Year 12 in 2016 and beyond we follow AQA A level History 1H, 2E and Component 3 (coursework). The theme of the course is ‘revolutions’ and this underpins the topic choices whilst still meeting the 200 year requirement of the exam board. Students have the opportunity to study towards an AS level in year 12, or an A Level across years 12 and 13.

The full specification can be found at :




Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Units of study

1H Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

2E The English Revolution, 1625–1660

Coursework: The French Revolution

Year 12

Part One: Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917

  • Trying to preserve autocracy, 1855–1894
  • The collapse of autocracy, 1894–1917


Part One: The Origins of the English Civil War, 1625–1642

  • The emergence of conflict and the end of consensus, 1625–1629
  • An experiment in Absolutism, 1629–1640
  • The crisis of Parliament and the outbreak of the First Civil War, 1640–1642


Year 13

Part Two: The Soviet Union, 1917–1964

  • The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941
  • The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964

Part Two: Radicalism, Republic and Restoration, 1642–1660

  • War and radicalism, 1642–1646
  • The disintegration of the Political Nation, 1646–1649
  • Experiments in Government and Society, 1648–1660

Coursework will be written and submitted during Year 13.

Additional information:

History works with other departments and partners, such as Lancashire Museum Service, to allow students to take part in projects beyond the school curriculum.


The department runs revision and booster sessions for students and offers a large range of revision materials for students.

Revision guides are available for all students at GCSE. These are available from the department at cost price from the publisher.

Useful revision websites:

GCSE Bitesize:



John D Clare (Modern World History):