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History Subject Overview


"Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons”

Deuteronomy 4:9

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people”

Martin Luther King

Statement of intent

Why we teach History - the big picture

Roots taught throughout the Key Stages

  • Chronology
  • Historical Events
  • Significance
  • Continuity
  • Use of evidence to reach substantiated judgements
  • Inference
  • Analysis
  • Cause and effect

Our aims for the whole child

  • To promote British values
  • To be an active citizen
  • To use their right to vote
  • To become a critical thinker
  • To stand up for what is right and understand the rule of law
  • To problem solve
  • To be tolerant of other cultures and have mutual respect for others

Catholic Ethos

History enables students to learn from lessons of the past for a brighter future. We want students to stand up for injustices, be active citizens, believe in the value of democracy and contribute to wider society. Jesus taught us to care and nurture the most vulnerable regardless of race, gender and religion through parables such as the Good Samaritan and our History curriculum reflects these teachings.

KS3 Curriculum Map

KS3 Overview
KS3 is chronologically ordered (for the most part) to allow students to develop a sense of change on continuity within Britain. From the rise of the Roman Empire to present day and the rise of modern terrorism. We also look at Britain in the wider world and its links with other countries. For instance, colonialism and the development of the slave trade and its role in the World Wars. They will also look at America in the 20th Century and Black rights linking to the BLM movement in the UK.
Year 7 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    NC link: the study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066

    • Introduction to Chronology and Roman timelines BC/AD 
    • Roman Army 
    • Roman Religion

    NC link: the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

    • Medieval context to contenders to the throne
    • Battle of Hastings 
    • Castles
  • Lent Term

    NC link: the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

    • Feudal system/doomsday 
    • Medieval religious beliefs 
    • Henry II/Thomas Beckett 
    • King John 
    • Medieval villages
  • Summer Term

    C link: the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 

    • Medieval towns/law and order/women 
    • Black death
Year 8 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    NC link: the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745 

    • War of the Roses 
    • Henry VII 
    • Henry VIII 
    • Edwardian reformation
    • Bloody Mary 
    • Elizabeth 
    • English Civil War
  • Lent Term

    NC link: one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments 

    • Elizabeth 
    • English Civil War 
    • Charles I

    NC link: ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

    • Triangular Trade 
    • Middle Passage
  • Summer Term

    NC link: one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments USA in the 20th Century 

    • Plantation life 
    • Slaves 
    • Harriet Tubman 
    • Abolition 
    • American Civil War 
    • Racism and segregation 
    • Civil Rights 
    • Role of Martin Luther King/ Malcom X 
    • Empire leading to present day BLM 
    • Trip to Maritime museum Liverpool
Year 9 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    NC link: challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day, a local history study

    • Victorians 
    • Industrialisation 
    • Local study 
    • The Victorians 
    • Titanic – class 
    • Link to Grenfell
  • Lent Term

    NC link: challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day, 

    • Causes of WW1
    • Recruitment 
    • Trenches 
    • Conscious objectors
    • Peace Settlement 
    • Russia
  • Summer Term

    NC link: challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day,

    • Causes of WW2 
    • Dunkirk 
    • Battle of Britain 
    • Nazi Germany 
    • Holocaust
    • Atomic Bomb

KS4 Curriculum Map

KS4 Overview

Exam board: EDEXCEL - September 2021 onwards
St Mary’s course of study: 

  • Depth study - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (Topic 1)
  • Thematic and site study - Crime and Punishment, Whitechapel (Topic 2) 
  • Modern - Weirmar and Nazi Germany (Topic 3) 
  • Period study - Superpower relations (Topic 4)

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to: 

  • develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience 
  • engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers 
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context 
  • develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them 
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Students will be assessed on the following assessment objectives

AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

AO2 Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using secondorder1 historical concepts

AO3 Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4 Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

Year 10 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Depth study - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (Topic 1)

  • Lent Term

    Thematic and site study - Crime and Punishment, Whitechapel (Topic 2)

  • Summer Term

    Summer assessment of Crime and Punishment and Norman England
    Begin Weimar Germany

Year 11 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Modern - Weirmar and Nazi Germany (Topic 3)

  • Lent Term

    Period study - Superpower relations (Topic 4)

  • Summer Term

    Revision and reteach

A Level Curriculum Map

A level Overview
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