The History Curriculum:

Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3, 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 Curriculum Overview:

Year 7Autumn term AAutumn term BSpring term A
    Overview -
Roman Britain

• Baseline
• Skills based
• Baths
• Gladiators
• End of empire
What did the Romans do for us?
Depth study -
Battle of Hastings

Why did William win?
Overview -
Medieval England:

• Crime
• The Church
• Black Death
• War of the Roses
(Project – display work on
the Princes in the Tower)
• Magna Carta
• Thomas Becket
Source based on Becket
Year 7Spring Term BSummer Term ASummer Term B
    Overview -
Medieval England:

Continuation of Spring A
Depth study -
The Tudors:

• Society and life
• Government
how much changed?
Overview -
The Tudors

• Reformation
most significant monarch
Year 8Autumn Term AAutumn Term BSpring Term Term A
    Depth study -
Civil War

• James I
• Causes
• Events
• Execution
Overview -
Cromwell & Restoration

• Democracy/ Parliamentary rule
• Charles II
Hero or villain?
Overview -
Industrial Revolution

• Domestic work
• Development of factories
(including people, conditions and luddites)
• Agriculture
• Transport
• Mining
Sources enquiry into conditions
Year 8Spring Term BSummer Term A and B
    Overview -
Industrial Revolution

Continuation of Spring A
Depth study -

• Why Britain wanted an empire
• Decline of the empire
• Slavery
• Long term causes of WW1
Abolition of slavery
Year 9Half term 1Half term 2Half term 3
    The First World War and the Peace Settlement
• Causes of the War
• Recruitment
• Trench warfare
British Society before World War One War
• The Welfare State
• Women’s Suffrage
The inter-war years
• Democracy and dictatorship
• The rise of the dictators
The Second World War
• Outbreak of War
• The Home Front
• Overview of War
Year 9Half term 4Half term 5Half term 6
    Depth Study Nazi Germany/Holocaust
The Cold War
• Super Powers Definitions
• Iron Curtain/Nuclear Arms Race
• Cold War in Germany 1945-1990
Depth Studies The Vietnam War/Terrorism
• Britain’s role in the war on terrorism

Key Stage 4 History Examination Courses:

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


Key Stage 4

At Siddal Moor we follow the new EDEXCEL 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 three written papers, all to be taken at the end of Year 11.
  • Paper One is the study of Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present.
  • Paper Two is the study of early Elizabethan England, 1558 - 1588 and The Cold War.
  • Paper Three is the study of the USA in the late 20th This includes the Civil Rights Movement in the 50’s and 60’s and the Vietnam War.


Key Stage 4 Examination Course Curriculum Overview:

Year 10Half term 1 and 2Half term 3Half term 4Half term 5 and 6
    Thematic Study: Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000AD to present
• Different crimes and how the definition of crime changes over time
• How different crimes were punished and how this changed over time
• Case studies on famous criminals and crimes e.g. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
Depth Study Historic Environment Whitechapel c1870-c1900
• Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city focusing on the historic environment and Jack the Ripper
Period Study The American West c1865-c1895
• The Plains Indians, early settlers and conflict between the two
• Development of the West and the impact on the Plains Indians
• Conflicts between settlers and Plains Indians 1876–c1895
Depth Study Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
• Life in England before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
• Saxon society and religion
Year 11Half term 1Half term 2Half term 3
    Depth Study Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
• The role of the House of Godwin
• The Battle of Hastings
• William’s consolidation of power
Modern Depth Study- USA 1954-75 Conflict at Home and Abroad
• Race Relations 1954-1975
• The development of the Civil Rights movement 1954-60, including role of Martin Luther King
• Increasing radicalisation of Civil Rights movement 1960-75
Modern Depth Study- USA 1954-75 Conflict at Home and Abroad
• Vietnam War 1954-1975
• US involvement in the Vietnam War

History Revision Links

BBC Bitesize - History


Education Quizzes