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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

The Tudor period provides students with an opportunity to explore the origins of modern Britain’s political, religious and administrative systems. It was during this period that English government began to transform from a Medieval personal monarchy to a state that had characteristics recognisable in modern day. This, therefore, allows students to understand the development of their modern-day democracy. This unit also explores the role of religion in forming British identity.

Democracy and Nazism provides an opportunity for students to understand and explore the fragility of democracy and free speech. It gives students a modern perception on a westernised government maintaining dictatorship as well as showing them the tell-tale signs of authoritarian views: hate speech, scapegoating, propaganda and the use of terror. These are many problems faced in governments and democracies today, especially with the advancement of globalisation. Within our own institutions students realise how important it is to uphold the democratic systems already in place such as law, the judicial system, the police and the educational system in order to have a humane society.

Year 12 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Consolidation of the Tudor dynasty under Henry VII: 

    • Battle of Bosworth and aftermath 
    • Systems of government 
    • Foreign policy 
    • Economic development 
    • Developments, changes and challenges within society 
    • The role of the Church and religion.

    The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918–1924

    • The impact of war and the establishment of the Weimar Constitution 
    • The Peace Settlement and attitudes towards Germany government 
    • Economic and social issues such as hyperinflation 
    • Political instability and extremism: uprisings on the left and right.

    The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928 

    • Economic developments: the Dawes Plan and Young Plan 
    • Social developments: living standards and lifestyles 
    • Political developments and the workings of democracy
    • Germany’s international position
  • Lent Term

    Consolidation and establishment of the Tudor Dynasty under Henry VIII: 

    • Character and aims of Henry VIII. Comparison with Henry VII.
    • Government under Henry VIII, including the role of significant individuals Wolsey and Cromwell. Was there a ‘revolution in Tudor government’? 
    • Foreign policy. 
    • Economic problems. 
    • Religious change and development during the Henrician Reformation. 
    • Impact of religious and economic change.

    The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933 

    • The economic, social and political impact of the Depression 
    • The appeal of Nazism and Communism 
    • Backstairs intrigue (Hitler’s appointment as chancellor) 
    • Political developments such as the Reichstag fire
  • Summer Term

    Review of learning and introduction to the NEA: 

    • Debate on who was the better monarch, Henry VII or Henry VIII. 
    • Examination technique on essay writing and evaluation of extracts. 
    • Selecting a topic and phrasing an appropriate question for NEA. 
    • Choosing primary sources for NEA. 
    • Choosing historical interpretations for NEA.

    Mid-Tudor Crisis: 

    • Legacy of Henry VIII and formation of the Protectorate. 
    • Aims of Protector Somerset. 
    • Failures in foreign policy.
Year 13 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Mid-Tudor Crisis continued: 

    • Continuation of English Reformation under Edward VI.
    • Economic problems. 
    • Impact of religious and economic change. 
    • Attempts to change the succession and the accession of Mary I. 
    • Mary’s character, aims and style of government. 
    • Religious policy under Mary I. 
    • Reforms under Mary I. 
    • Accession of Elizabeth and her consolidation.

    The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939 (A-level only)

    • Hitler’s consolidation of power, March 1933–1934 
    • The 'Terror State': the police, including the SS and Gestapo 
    • Economic policies and the degree of economic recovery 
    • Social policies: young people; women and workers

    The Racial State, 1933–1941 (A-level only) 

    • The radicalisation of the state: Nazi racial ideology 
    • Anti-Semitism: policies and actions towards the Jews 
    • The development of anti-Semitic policies and actions 
    • The treatment of Jews in the early years of war
  • Lent Term

    The Triumph of Elizabeth I: 

    • Elizabethan Religious Settlement. 
    • Impact of economic and religious developments in the early years of Elizabeth’s reign. 
    • Elizabethan government. 
    • Foreign affairs. 
    • Society in Elizabethan England 
    • Economic development and exploration under Elizabeth.

    The impact of War, 1939–1945 (A-level only) 

    • Rationing, indoctrination, propaganda and morale 
    • The wartime economy and the work of Speer 
    • Policies towards the Jews 
    • Opposition and resistance in wartime

    Exam skills and revision (revisiting Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany)

  • Summer Term

    The Triumph of Elizabeth continued: 

    • Religious developments and the Golden Age of Elizabethan culture.
    • The last years of Elizabeth. 
    • Revision and exam technique

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