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History Curriculum Intent


To equip students with a high-quality education to build on prior knowledge and understanding of Britain and the wider world’s past. To encourage students to be continuously resilient when learning about history. Lessons equip students with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh-up evidence and develop perspective and judgement responsibly giving a balanced judgement. History is very important to help students to understand people's lives, the process of change and continuity, the nature of the relationships between groups and the importance of respecting others. To develop SMSC, educating students about the role of government and British Values, as how acceptance and values have changed and developed over time. To further enhance students' cultural capital through a variety of trips to broaden perspectives and experiences. 

Why Study History?

‘Everyone knows that history is only for really clever people!’ History is for everyone who is interested in solving puzzles and developing an argument. Of course, you might decide to carry on studying history until you are a university professor, but you don’t have to! History teaches

us about who we are and where we come from; you don’t have to be really clever to be interested in that.  Of course, you are expected to do a fair bit of reading and writing in history, but your teachers know how to make it possible for everyone to learn about the past, even if you’re not going to be a brain surgeon!

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview


GCSE History Curriculum Overview

















What skills will I need?

History is all about learning dates, you don’t learn useful skills…you will need to be able to confident in communicating both orally and in the written format along with be able to analyse and research events from the past. You will also need to be able to evaluate sources for both their strengths and weaknesses and draw conclusions, justifying them with relevant and supporting details.

Year 7

  • The Romans in Britain in Britain

  • Norman Conquest of England 

  • The Tudors

  • The Stuarts + Local Study of Wentworth House 

  • The Romans in Britain in Britain

Year 8

  • Industrial Revolution + Local Study of Sheffield 

  • The British Empire

  • Role of women through time + the Suffrage Movement 

  • Causes of World War One 

  • World War One

Year 9

  • End of World War One and Rise of Hitler 

  • Life in Nazi Germany 

  • World War Two 

  • Living through World War Two 

  • The Holocaust

  • Discovery of the USA 

  • The Plains Indians 

Thematic Study

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

British Period Study and Depth Study

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

  • The Civil Rights Movement, 1954-75

  • The Vietnam War, 1954-75

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