"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 will build on our students existing skills and knowledge gained at KS2. 

We provide an education which allows young people to apply skills of explanation, analysis, comparison and evaluation. They will also use sources as evidence to examine interpretations of the past. Through developing these skills, we will study the history of Britain from the Norman Conquest to the modern era, with international history of the 20th century, and the Slave Trade as a case study. 

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 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. 


Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic


Britain 1066 – 1509 – The Norman Conquest / Church and Crown

Britain 1066 – 1509 – Medieval England

Britain 1509 – 1745 – Tudor England / Crown and Parliament


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

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


Superpower Relations and the Cold War

Weimar and Nazi Germany  

Weimar and Nazi Germany 


Weimar and Nazi Germany / Medicine Through Time

Medicine Through Time


We also study Early Elizabethan England.


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):

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