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Our History curriculum

We encourage pupils to appreciate their heritage and to respect diversity of opinion. Your child will examine a time period stretching from late Saxon times through to the end of the Cold War and we also aim to immerse pupils in the drama of these past events. Pupils learn how to read sources and how to compare interpretations, as well as developing strong research skills.

Your child will experience the benefit of a huge range of resources: we have digitalised courses on the iTunesU platform that complement our textbooks on each module. We also possess a huge collection of video material on the School eStream site covering documentaries on every topic of our broad syllabus. Our section in the School Library boasts a broad collection of excellent books.

Overview of studies

  • In Year Seven, pupils look at medieval life and also complete a module on migration from 1066 to the arrival of the ‘Windrush’ in the 1960s.
  • In Year Eight, they study the Tudors, and the British Empire, including a study of the trade in enslaved Africans and the rise of parliamentary democracy.
  • Year Nine examines changing ideas around crime and punishment, the two World Wars in the twentieth century and the reasons leading to the events of 9/11 in the USA in 2001.
  • At GCSE, we explore the History of Medicine, Medieval England, the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, finishing with a study of the Cold War.
  • Sixth Form teaching encompasses the Tudors, German History between 1919 and 1945 and the Crusades.

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