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History Department Curriculum Intent

  • History students will be empowered to engage critically with the past, challenge established views and relate History to the world in which we live today.
  • History students will be empowered as global and British citizens in celebrating the achievements of the past, and in learning from the mistakes of humanity.
  • History students will be empowered to become caring individuals that display virtues of respect, tolerance and empathy.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):

Students will focus on one enquiry question per half term. The Key Stage 3 curriculum follows a broad chronological overview starting with Roman Britain and finishing in the second half of the 20th Century

Year 7

  • How has Chingford changed over time?
  • Do the ‘Dark Ages’ really deserve their title?
  • William I – conqueror or tyrant?
  • Did the crusades achieve anything?
  • What was the biggest threat to Medieval monarchs of England?
  • How welcoming has Britain been for migrants throughout history?

Year 8

  • How far did religion really change under the Tudors?
  • How far did Britain become more ‘Modern’ from the 17th- 18th century?
  • Was the British Empire really ‘the greatest instrument for good’?
  • Why was the slave trade abolished?
  • Who won women the vote in 1918?
  • Why did the sun finally set on the British Empire?

Year 9

  • Who is to blame for the start of World War One?
  • How did Russia change between 1855-1953?
  • How did the Persecution of Minorities Escalate between 1933 and 1945?
  • How did the African-American Civil Rights Movement develop during the 20th century?
  • Why did World War Two break out in 1939?
  • Why did the USA lose the Vietnam War?

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11):

Students follow the Edexcel specification and study the following topics:

Paper 1- Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2- Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91.

Paper 3- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.

Key Stage 5 (A-Levels):

A-Level students follow the AQA exam board. They study two examined units, each worth 40% of their overall grade. They also complete a piece of coursework worth 20% of their overall grade.

Component 1: Breadth Study - Unit 1K The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975

  • The Era of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1890
  • Populism, Progressivism and imperialism, 1890-1920
  • Crisis of identity, 1920-1945
  • The Superpower, 1945-1975

Component 2: Depth Study - Unit 2S The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007

  • The Affluent Society, 1951-1964
  • The Sixties, 1964-1970
  • The End of the Post-War Consensus, 1970-1979
  • The Impact of Thatcherism, 1979-1987
  • Towards a new Consensus, 1987-1997
  • The Era of New Labour, 1997-2007

Component 3: NEA Historical Investigation: Tudor Rebellions 

Students complete one extended essay from a selection of questions set by the teacher. It is worth 20% of their overall grade.

Further information:

Please view the History Learning Journey.