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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

History is essential for providing the link between the past and the present. It provides the answer to how people and societies behave. It develops understanding of the human experience from an individual’s story to a whole society’s experience such as the British population during the Second World War. A high-quality History curriculum is one where pupils are able to study a range of societies from Britain and abroad and develop an understanding of change and continuity in both.  It is an essential discipline for developing skills in analysis, evaluation and communication. History provides us all with the opportunity to develop empathy and be better informed of the world around us.


The aim of history is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in the key concepts of change and continuity, cause and consequence and explaining historical significance. The History curriculum ensures that all pupils:
  • Recognise change and continuity throughout time.
  • Gain an understanding of the historical significance of certain events and individuals.
  • Widen their knowledge of societies in the past both in Britain and abroad.
  • Develop analytical skills in essay writing and when working with sources.
  • Construct arguments and take part in discussion.Develop critical thinking skills to question evidence.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, pupils study the history of Britain in the last 900 years. From the Norman invasion in 1066 to the growth of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In Year 8, pupils focus on the 20th century and the two world wars in particular. In our First World War studies pupils study key battles such as the Somme and key individuals such as Haig. In the Spring term, pupils focus on the importance of the Suffragettes then the rise of the Nazi party. We finish the year with significant events of the Second World War such as Dunkirk, Stalingrad and D-Day.

Pupils will learn key historical skills such as recognising change and continuity, analysing sources and explain the causes and consequences of historical events.


Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

  • The Normans 1066-1154
  • Medieval England and the Crusades
  • The Tudors 1485-1603
  • The English Civil War 1642-49
  • The Slave Trade
  • The British Empire
  • Causes of the First World War
  • The First World War 1914-18
  • The Suffragettes 1900-1918
  • Rise of the Nazis 1919-1939
  • The Second World War 1939-45


 Brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils in year 7+8

Pupils have knowledge organisers for each topic and are expected to use these to revise for tests in class every fortnight.

Pupils have an assessment every term and are expected to complete research to support their in class studies.

Year 7 Homework Tasks

Year 8  Homework Tasks

  • Revise the knowledge organiser on the events of 1066 in preparation for an in class test.
  • Research the Third Crusade and write up you findings.
  • Revise the knowledge organiser on the Tudors in preparation for a test.
  • Research battles of the English Civil War that took place in the local area.
  •  Revise the knowledge organiser on the slave trade in preparation for a test in class.
  • Research a country or an individual that was involved with the British Empire.
  • Revise the causes of the First World War knowledge organiser in preparation for a test.
  • Research the Battle of the Somme and write up your findings.
  • Revise the knowledge organiser on the Suffragettes in preparation for a test.
  • Research the Great Depression and its impact around the world.
  • Revise the knowledge organiser on   Britain the USA and the USSR and their role in the Second World War.
  • Research a key battle or individual from The Second World War.


Key Stage 4

Pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE History course in which they complete four topics. Pupils study 750 years of history from Medieval Warfare to the Fall of the Berlin Wall.  Pupils will cover the following  historical skills:

  • Recognising change and continuity
  • Analysing sources
  • Explaining cause and consequence
  • Evaluating historical interpretations

Paper 1     Warfare Through Time 1250-Present

Paper 1 is the study of Warfare through time c1250-present. Pupils will study the main battles that England was involved in during the Medieval and Early Modern periods. They will recognise change and continuity in the nature and experience of warfare. Key battles in this unit are Falkirk 1298, Agincourt 1415 and Naseby 1645.

From the 18th to 21st century, the pupils study the development of Britain and its military. From the Napoleonic wars to the First World War and then the modern conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Finally, pupils study the historic environment of London and the Second World War.

How will it be assessed:

  • Exam: Section A: London and the Second World War (16 marks)
  • Section B: Warfare through time c1250-present (36 marks)
  • Total: 52 marks
  • Time: 1 hour  15 minutes


Paper 2

Paper 2 has two sections. The first section is a study of Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91. Pupils will study the USA and USSR and their role in creating the post war world. Other interesting topics are The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962, The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 1979 and The fall of the Berlin Wall 1989.

The second section of Paper 2 is Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-1540. In this British topic pupils will study the reign of Henry and the role of his two chief ministers Thomas Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell.

How will it be assessed:

  • Section A Cold War: 32 marks
  • Section B Henry VIII : 32 marks
  • Total: 64 marks
  • Time: 1hour 45 minutes


Paper 3

Paper 3 is a Modern Depth Study of the USA 1954-75. Firstly, pupils study the civil rights movement in the USA. From the emergence of Martin Luther King to Black Power pupils study the story of how civil rights activists tackled racism and segregation.

Once pupils have completed their study of the civil rights movement they focus on the Vietnam war. Pupils study the decisions of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon over Vietnam.

How will it be assessed:

  • Section A: 16 marks
  • Section B: 36 marks
  • Total: 52 marks
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


Please provide a brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils at KS4

Pupils are set an exam question every fortnight. The exam question is planned in class then completed at home. Pupils also complete their knowledge organisers on a weekly basis to support the study of each unit.