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In History lessons Pupils are taught to extend and deepen their chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils are tasked with identifying significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They will use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways. They will pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. They will understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Historical Topics

Year 7

  • The Norman Conquest

  • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades

  • The struggle between Church and crown

  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament

  • The Black Death and its social and economic impact

  • The Peasants’ Revolt

  • The Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability

  • The English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)

  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including

  • Scotland, Spain and Ireland)


Year 8

  • The causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain

  • Society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life

  • The Black Peoples of the America 

  • British Empire

Year 9

  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement

  • The Russian Revolution

  • The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators

  • The Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill

  • The Cold War

Year 10

  • Germany 1919-1947

  • Russia in Revolution 1890 -1924

  • Jack the Ripper

  • The Blitz

Year 11​

  • USA in Transition 1930 -2000

  • British Warfare 500 - 2000

  • Russia in Transition 1900 - 1924

  • Germany 1919 - 1939

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