History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou



History offers an inclusive and engaging curriculum with high aspirations to meet all students’ individual needs. Our intent is to provide our students with transferable skills to equip them for their next steps post-16, whilst also sparking a life-long interest in History, to enable them to discover and engage with the challenging world in which we live.


Key Stage 1

The principal focus of History teaching in key stage 1 is to enable students to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. 


In Primary, we currently cover humanities as a broader subject which also encompases Geography, Science and Enterprise. As part of the History side of humanities, children study two topics per academic year which are linked to an overarching curriculum topic.  History topics covered are:



  • Dinosaurs
  • How beaches have changed over time.


Year 1

  • Prehistoric Britain
  • Transport
  • Kings and Queens


Year 2

  • Victorians
  • The Great Fire of London


Key Stage 2

In key stage 2, pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms and they should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


As in Key Stage 1, History in KS2 is part of a much broader subject of humanities which also encompases Geography, Science and Enterprise. As part of the History side of humanities, children study two topics per academic year which are linked to an overarching curriculum topic.

In Year 4, children will follow the new AAT ‘No Limits’ curriculum.

History Topics covered are:


Year 3

  • Stone Age
  • Shang Dynasty
  • Ancient Egypt


Year 4

  • Time Cop – Ancient Greece
  • Roman Britain


Year 5

  • Medieval Monarchs
  • Vikings
  • Middle East


Year 6

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Twentieth Century Conflict
  • Civil Rights


Key Stage 3

Our aim is for students at KS3 to learn about important events and individuals which have shaped the History of Britain and the wider world encouraging students to make explicit links to their own lives and the world they live in today. This will enable them to have a foundation of knowledge and understanding which they can build on at KS4. 

Year 7

  •  The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval England and The Tudors
  • The Tudors and the Stuarts      


Year 8

  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade             
  •  The First World War
  • – The Rise of the Dictators, World War 2

Year  9 

  • The Cold War
  • Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975


Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, the students follow the AQA course studying Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship, Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939, Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day and Elizabethan England, c1568–1603. By studying these engaging and relevant topics, they will continue to develop transferable skills embedded in KS3 in preparation for their next steps post-16.

Year 10

  • Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and dictatorship.
  • Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Year 11

  • Health and the People C1000 to present day
  • Interleaved revision Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship, Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975, Elizabethan England, c1568–1603.


The History Team


  • Mr McConnell – Subject Coordinator
  • Mr Parkes – Head of History
  • Miss Albin  – History Teacher
  • Miss Jewkes – Primary History Lead


Where next

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