Understanding past events and people and their significance gives students a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history. The study of History equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse source material, assess the merits of different arguments, hone their debating skills, and recognise bias and propaganda.
Curriculum Overview: History
Year 7 Year 8
  • History skills
  • Our house in the middle of our street (this module looks at the history of Small Heath and Britain over a period of 100 years)
  • The Roman Empire
  • Life in the Roman Empire
  • Why did the Roman want to conquer Britain?
  • Taking control (The Battle of Hastings)
  • Keeping control of Medieval England
  • Life in Medieval England
  • Religious changes under the Tudors
  • Crime and punishment in Tudor England
  • Elizabethan England
  • Why was there a civil war in England?
  • Why did Britain abolish slavery?
  • What was it like to work in a factory during the Industrial Revolution?
  • Who was Jack the Ripper?
  • Who was to blame for the Titanic sinking?
  • Who were the Suffragettes?
  • Why did Britain want an empire?
  • Why did First World War break out?
  • What was it like to be a soldier in the ‘Great War’?
  • The post-war years
  • How did Hitler rise to power?
  • The Second World War
  • Holocaust
  • Britain after 1945


History at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Period Study

The First World War

  • The Causes of the First World War
  • The First World War: Stalemate
  • Ending the war


Conflict and Tension

Germany 1890-1945

  • Germany and the growth of democracy

Germany and the Depression The Experience of Germans under the Nazis

Thematic study

Power and the People c1170 to the present day

  • Challenging authority and feudalism
  • Challenging royal authority
  • Reform and reformers


British Depth

  • Elizabethan England c1568-1603
  • Elizabeth’s court and Parliament
  • Life in Elizabethan times
  • Troubles at home and abroad
  • The historic environment




Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

  • Section A Period Studies (IB Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship)
  • Section B Wider World Depth Studies (The First World War, 1894-1918)
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

  • Section A Thematic Studies (BB Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day)
  • Section B British Depth Studies including the Historic Environment (Elizabethan England c1568-1603)
Enrichment Offer

The History Department runs a number of enrichment clubs, competitions and trips to places of historical interest throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.