The History Curriculum

Mr Pye and Mr Swindells make up the History Department, which sits within the Humanities Department.

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9), our pupils should have a good knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. This will provide them with a well-informed context for wider learning. They should be able to communicate their ideas effectively and use historical terms and concepts. They will be able to analyse and evaluate source material and pursue their own historically valid enquiries.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) History Curriculum Overview


Autumn - Year 7

Britain pre 1066 and The Battle of Hastings

  • Baseline
  • Roman England
  • Viking England
  • The Battle of Hastings

Assessment: Why did William win?

Medieval England

  • The Church
  • Thomas Becket
  • Life in Medieval villages and towns
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants' Revolt
  • The Magna Carta
  • The War of the Roses

Assessment 1: Thomas Becket murder
Assessment 2: Magna Carta

Spring - Year 7

Medieval England

Continuation of Autumn topic

The Tudors

  • Society and life
  • Exploration

Assessment: Tudor Exploration

Summer - Year 7

The Tudors

  • Reformation

Assessment: The Reformation

Civil War

  • James I
  • Causes
  • Events
  • Democracy/ Parliamentary rule
  • Charles II
  • Execution

Assessment: End of Year Exam

Autumn - Year 8


  • Trade Triangle
  • Plantations
  • Abolition of slavery

Assessment: Abolition of slavery

French Revolution

  • Causes and events
  • Execution of Louis XVI
  • The Terror
  • Napoleon

Assessment: The Terror

Spring - Year 8

Industrial Revolution

  • Domestic work
  • Development of factories (including people, conditions and luddites)
  • Agriculture
  • Transport
  • Mining

Assessment: Factory Conditions

Summer - Year 8


  • Why Britain wanted an empire
  • Decline of the empire
  • Slavery
  • Long term causes of WW1

Assessment: British Empire Rule

The Suffragettes

  • Position of women in the 19th century
  • Suffragists and suffragettes
  • Role of women in World War One

Assessment: End of Year Exam

Autumn - Year 9

The First World War

  • Causes of the War
  • Recruitment
  • Trench warfare

Assessment: Causes of WW1


  • Democracy and dictatorship
  • Fascism (Mussolini and Hitler)

Assessment: Rise of Hitler

Spring - Year 9


  • Communism (Stalin)

Assessment: The Russian Revolution

The Second World War

  • Outbreak of War
  • The Home Front
  • Overview of War

Assessment: The Dunkirk Evacuation

Summer - Year 9

The Holocaust

  • Causes
  • Treatment of Jews by the Nazis

Assessment: Kristallnacht

Post WW2 America

  • Cultural Changes
  • Civil Rights
  • America and the Cold War

Assessment: End of Year exam


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we follow the Eduqas History specification.

This allows our pupils to study a very broad period of history. We will study Britain and the wider world. By the end of the course, our students should have a clear understanding of the events that have shaped the world in which they live.

Students will develop the skills necessary to argue their point of view effectively. They will be challenged to see events and personalities from different perspectives and reach their own, reasoned, conclusions. They will be expected to develop their ability to use source material and identify bias, usefulness and reliability.

GCSE History will appeal to those students who are able to express their ideas in writing effectively. The skills gained during this course will be useful to many different career paths.

What do we study?

There are two written papers, all to be taken at the end of Year 11.

Paper One is Elizabethan England and Germany 1919-1939
Paper Two is the USA 1929-2000 and Medicine c500 to the present day

Examination Courses

Current Year 11 pupils are studying the Edexcel History course, this will be examined in 2020. Current Year 10 pupils are studying the WJEC Eduqas History course as will current Year 9 pupils who have chosen to study History from September as one of their option choices.

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
HistoryWJEC Eduqas601/8239/8GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
HistoryEDEXCEL1HI0GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) History Curriculum Overview

Autumn - Year 10

Depth Study: Elizabethan England

  • Elizabethan society
  • Challenges to Elizabeth
Spring - Year 10

Depth Study: Germany 1919-1939

  • Germany after World War One
  • Rise of Hitler
  • Life in Nazi Germany
Summer - Year 10

Period Study: The USA 1929-2000

  • Economic crisis of the 1930s
  • Impact of World War Two
  • Black civil rights
  • The Cold War
  • Politics since 1990
Autumn - Year 11

Breadth Study:
Medicine through Time c500-the present day

  • Types of illness over time
  • Development of medicine
  • Development of preventions
Spring - Year 11

Continuation of:
Medicine through Time c500-the present day


Summer - Year 11