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The History department is both dynamic and successful.  We aim to show students how human beings have lived, acted and interacted through time.  In so doing, children can assess the shocking, enlightening and uplifting potentials of human behaviour.  Through the critical assessment and evaluation of the human record we aim to  leave children with a better understanding of what may confront them in their future lives and how best to react to it.  We endeavour to encourage our students to become inquisitive, analytical and reflective young people. 


During Key Stage 3, students are taught in mixed attainment groups.  In Y7 and Y9, student have 2 History lessons each week. In Y8 they have 3 History lessons over 2 weeks. 

We aim to offer an exciting, engaging and varied KS3 History curriculum.  We study History broadly chronologically encompassing a range of people, events and situations from local, national and international history including: 

Y7: What is History?, The Roman Empire; Britain 1066-1500, The Native Americans 

Y8: Britain 1500-1750; Black Peoples of the Americas 

Y9: Britain 1750-1900; Aspects of the Twentieth Century, The Holocaust 


History is an option at KS4.  It is popular with the students and there is a consistently good uptake at GCSE in which we have a proven track record of academic success.  KS4 classes are taught as mixed ability classes, with 3 lessons a week in Y10 and 2 lessons a week in Y11. History has a single tier examination at the end of the course so setting is not necessary. Students study Edexcel GSCE (9-1) History. The module topics they study in Y10  

Germany 1918-1939 (Terms 1,2 and 3) 

Medicine in Britain 1250 - present and The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches (Terms 4-6) 


In the Sixth Form we offer at present AS and A2 courses following the AQA specification.  

AS courses: 

Component 1: The Tudors, 1485-1603. 

Component 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1929 1953 

A2 courses: 

Component 1: The Tudors, 1485-1603 

Component 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1953 

History Enquiry: The Civil Rights Movement in the USA 

Year Half term Topics covered
What is History? An introduction to the craft of an historian and the key skills required in the study of History. 
  The Romans: The Roman Empire; The Roman Army; Roman Britain.   
  Life in Medieval England, Power and control: The contenders to the throne in 1066; the establishment of power and control by William the conqueror.  
  Life in Medieval England, Everyday life: Wharum Percy; Disease (plague); Entertainment; crime and punishment.  
  The Native Peoples of America: Study of the Inuit, the Nez Perce and the North West coast tribes.  
  The Native Peoples of America: The movement west of Europeans across America, the impact on Native Americans.    


Year Half term Topics covered
The Tudors: How the Tudor’s came to the throne; Henry VII; Henry VIII; Religious change 
  The Tudors: Mary I; Elizabeth I; The Spanish Armada. 
  The Stuarts and the English Civil War: Charles I and the causes of the English Civil War; Prince Rupert; The New Model Army; why was Charles executed?   
  Interpretations of Oliver Cromwell: Cromwell during the English Civil War; Cromwell in Ireland; how “modern” was Cromwell? 
  The Black Peoples of the Americas: The trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; the impact of the slave trade on Africa; the impact of the slave trade in Europe (and Britain)  
  Sheffield’s Industrial Revolution: Links between the slave trade and the industrial revolution; the growth of industrial towns; Sheffield: from small town to Steel City. 


Year Half term Topics covered
World War One: the causes of WW1, trench life, Haig on trial 
  The inter-war years:  The aftermath of WW1 and the Treaty of Versailles; The rise of Dictatorships in Italy, Russia and Germany; The rise of Hitler; Life in Nazi Germany 
  World War Two: Dunkirk; Barbarossa; D Day; The Blitz and life on the home front 
  The Holocaust: Pre WW2 Jewish communities in Europe; Escalating persecution in Nazi Germany; Ghettos; Who is responsible for the Holocaust?; remembering. 
  The Twentieth Century World, power and protest: The suffrage movement in Britain; The civil rights movement in the USA. 
  The Twentieth Century World, power and protest:  The miners’ strike; Arab-Israeli conflict.  


Year Half term Topics covered
10  Germany 1918- 1945: The aftermath of WW1 and the establishemtn of the Weimar Republic; Political tension and uprisings, 1919-1923; Economic problems and hyperinflation; The “golden years”, 1924-1929; The rise of the Nazi’s, 1929-1933. 
  Germany 1918- 1945: The consolidation of Hitler’s power, 1933-1934; Life in Nazi Germany – opposition, economy, women, youth.  
  The Cold War, 1945 – 1975: The aftermath of WW2; growing tensions in Europe – the formation of an “iron curtain”; The Marshall Plan; The Berlin Blockade. 
  The Cold War 1945-1975: What caused the Cuban missile crisis; Who won the Cuban missile crisis; The Vietnam War 
  Controlled Assessment on the Russian Revolution, 1917 
  Controlled Assessment on the Russian Revolution, 1917 


Year Half term Topics covered
11  How much did British society change, 1890-1918: The problem of poverty in 1890; Social reformers and changing attitudes; The Liberal Reforms. 
  How much did British society change, 1890-1918: The position of women in British society in 1890; the Suffragettes and Suffragists; the contribution of women to Britain during WW1; Why did women receive the vote in 1918? 
  How much did British society change, 1890-1918: Recruitment and conscription during WW1; Government control under DORA; the role of war in changing attitudes 
  Exam leave