St. Mary's

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”
“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
Year 8 Topics
Year 9 Topics

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
Year 11 Topics

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
Year 13 Topics