History Curriculum Overview 2019
Updated: 20/09/2019 32 KB

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." - Robert Heinlein

Curriculum Information for History



Mr G Johnstone

Head of Department

Miss D Brown

Teacher of History

Mr D Chapman

Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of History


The History Department is committed to instilling young people with a passion for the wider world, using the study of the past to show how it influences our present and will shape our future. Through developing enquiring minds, and equipping our students to think deeply, they will develop their understanding and strong subject knowledge. We provide an education which allows young people to apply skills of explanation, analysis, comparison and evaluation. They will also use evidence to examine interpretations of the past. Our curriculum is designed to develop resilience and persistence, so that students think about problems and how to overcome them. Overall, we aim to instil a lifelong love of history and an understanding of its relevance and importance.

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. In Year 9, pupils opt to continue with the subject and follow the GCSE course. 


Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic


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

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

The First World War

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


GCSE introduction - Early Elizabethan England 

GCSE introduction - Super Power relations 

Keystage 4:

In years 10 and 11 we are following the new Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) course. 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


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):