Director of Humanities : Miss E Butler

Teachers: Mr A Kerwood ( Assistant Headteacher, Mr P Lawrence ( Assistant Headteacher), Miss K Hunter

Department Vision

  • Pupils will achieve more than they think they can in all Humanities subjects. 

  • We will achieve the vision by delivering excellent teaching with high expectations of staff and pupils.

  • All Humanities staff are aware of the high expectations of behaviour and work from staff and pupils in the Humanities subjects.

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught a knowledge based curriculum that provides them with a rich historical knowledge.  Pupils are assessed through pieces of extended writing; source and interpretation analysis and knowledge tests.  These assessments take place throughout the course.

Year 7

Autumn 1:    England pre 1066

                       The Battle of Hastings

Autumn 2:    The Norman Conquest

                       Medieval Life

                       King John and the Magna Carta

Spring 1:       Tudor Family Tree

                       Martin Luther

                       The English Reformation

Spring 2:       Religious change in Tudor England

                       Spanish Armada

Summer 1:   End of the Tudor Reign

                       Overview of power between the Monarchy and Parliament

                       Causes of the English Civil War

Summer 2:    Impact of the English Civil War

                       Oliver Cromwell

Text Books:

'Making Sense of History 1066-1509' by Ian Dawson et al (Hodder Education)

'Invasion, Plague and Murder: Britain 1066-1509' by Aaron Wilkes (Folens)

'Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation; Britain 1509-1745' by Aaron Wilkes (Folens)

Year 8


Autumn 1:    The Industrial Revolution

Autumn 2:    Changes in democracy post 1750

                       Votes for Women

                       The British Empire

Spring 1:       Causes of World War One

                       Role of the individual in World War One

Spring 2:       Events of World War One

                       Why Germany lost World War One (including Russian Revolution

                       The Treaty of Versailles

Summer 1:   The Inter – War Years

                       Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Summer 2:    World War Two

                       Twentieth Century Events

Text Books:


'Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation; Britain 1509-1745' by Aaron Wilkes (Folens)

'Industry, Invention and Empire: Britain 1745-1901' by Aaron Wilkes (Folens)

'Peace and War: Schools History Project' by Colin Shepherd

Key Stage 4


Pupils follow the EDUQAS GCSE History syllabus.  Throughout each of the four topics pupils are assessed on exam questions and at the end of each topic complete a practise paper.  They also complete mock History exams in line with the school’s mock exam period

Year 9

Autumn 1 and 2; Spring 1: 


Pupils begin the GCSE course by studying the Conflict and Upheaval 1337 – 1381.  In this unit pupils are assessed on both description and explanation skills; and source and interpretation analysis skills.

The topics pupils study in this unit (in this order) are:

  • Life in fourteenth century England

  • Causes of the Hundred Years’ War

  • Events of the Hundred Years’ War

  • Causes and impact of the Black Death

  • The Peasants’ Revolt




Eduqas published resource: http://resource.download.wjec.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/vtc/2015-16/15-16_40/Conflict%20And%20Upheaval.pdf


Spring 2; Summer 1 and 2:


The second unit pupils study is The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910 – 1929.  In this unit pupils are assessed on the ability to analyse sources and interpretations but must have secure subject knowledge to be able to do this.

The topics pupils study in this unit (in this order) are:

  • Causes and features of the economic boom

  • Changes in attitudes towards immigration policies

  • Religious and racial intolerance (including the Monkey Trial; Jim Crow Laws; KKK; Native Americans)

  • Crime and corruption (including prohibition and the Tea Pot Dome scandal)

  • Women

  • Culture

  • The Wall Street Crash and the end of prosperity



'WJEC GCSE History Germany in Transition, 1919-1939 and the USA: A Nation of Contrasts, 1910-1929' by Steve Waugh, John Wright, R. Paul Evans

Year 10

Autumn and Spring: The third unit pupils study is Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain c. 500 to the present day.  In this unit pupils are assessed on their ability to describe and explain; and analyse sources.  The unit also includes a historical environment study of the village of Eyam during the Great Plague of 1665 – 66 (2018 and 2019 cohort); or the British sector of the Western Front, 1914 – 18 (2020 and 2021 cohort).

The topics pupils study in this topic are:

  • Causes of illness and disease

  • Attempts to prevent illness and disease

  • Attempts to treat and cure illness and disease

  • Advances in medical knowledge

  • Development in patient care

  • Developments in public health and welfare

  • Historical environment study



Textbook – 'WJEC Eduqas GCSE History:  Changes in Health and Medicine c.500 to the present day' by R. Paul Evans and Alf Wilkinson

Summer: Revision for mock exam and mock exam feedback and reflection

Year 11

Autumn 1 and 2; Spring 1: The fourth and final unit pupils study is Germany 1919 – 1991.  In this unit pupils are assessed on their ability to describe, explain and compare the importance of factors.

The topics pupils study in this unit are:

  • Weimar Germany

  • The rise of the Nazi party and their consolidation of power

  • Life in Nazi Germany

  • Life during the Second World War

  • West and East Germany

  • Cold War relations

  • The reunification of Germany



Eduqas published resource: http://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=699


Spring 2 and Summer 1: Revision and practice papers