History plays a vital role in the national curriculum. Students learn about a variety of important concepts and events that have shaped the world we live in today.

Successful Learners

During the study of history, students will become successful learners who are literate, numerate, enquiring and creative, who can communicate clearly, and who can work both independently and collaboratively. These essential learning skills are developed through the key processes of historical enquiry, source analysis, and communicating about the past.

As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, students ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, detect bias, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn how to support any arguments and judgements they make.

Studying history gives pupils opportunities to develop many of the skills essential to becoming successful learners by engaging with a range of complex issues in rich and varied contexts. Students learn about significant ideas and events that have shaped our world. They find out about the history of Britain, Europe, and the World. Students develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies, to investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and to relate past events to the present day and to their own lives.

Confident Individuals

The curriculum aims to develop confident individuals who have a sense of self-worth, make informed choices, become increasingly independent and are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by human achievements. History stimulates an interest in the past. It fires students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices, and beliefs of people in the past. History helps pupils to develop their own identity through an understanding of events at personal, local, national and international levels.

The history programme of study provides opportunities for pupils to express their ideas about historical questions and issues in local, national, and global contexts. The programme also offers an environment for pupils to explore their own values and beliefs. By analysing and evaluating how and why the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways, students learn to respond with confidence, developing coherent and substantiated arguments. Group discussion and the increasing use of a range of different media for presenting their work allow students to develop confidence when performing and to appreciate the value of working with others.

Responsible Citizens

The study of History prepares students for roles as active and responsible citizens. The subject equips them with knowledge and skills that are valued in adult life, enhance their employability, and develop their ability to take part in a democratic society. History also encourages understanding of the origins of ethnic and cultural diversity. In studying history, students have opportunities to investigate questions relating to: the changing nature of political power; continuities and changes in the lives of people in the past; people’s diverse ideas, beliefs and attitudes in past societies; and the changing nature of conflict and its lasting impacts. Through looking at these questions, students develop a better understanding of some of the key issues concerning the world today. This helps them to appreciate the importance of making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.

Year 7 and 8

Curriculum Content for Y7 and Y8

Year 9, 10 and 11

Curriculum Intent for History

We study History in order to give students knowledge and understanding of numerous cultures, geographical locations, and ethnicities from the past. We look at causes and consequences of key events and explore changes and continuities over vast periods. At Kingsway Park, we explore a wide range of primary and secondary sources to give students an insight into what life was like in the past. We study social, economic, local and military sources in order for students to gain a well-rounded portrayal of both medieval and modern History. Our overall aim to ensure that all our students have the ability to become great historians.

‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’ – Roosevelt

Content of Course:

Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-1939)

  • What happened after WWI?
  • How did Hitler become leader of Germany?
  • How did life change for women/ children in Nazi Germany?
  • How were Jews treated?
  • Did Hitler help Germany? (Jobs/ housing etc.)
  • Key events – Munich Putsch, Reichstag Fire, Night of the Long Knives, Kristallnacht.

The Cold War (1945-1991)

  • What happened after WWII?
  • Why did USA and Soviet Union nearly declare war?
  • How did nuclear weapons develop?
  • How did tensions rise between USA and SU?
  • Key events – Cuban Missile Crisis, Hungarian Uprising, Prague Springs, Invasion of Afghanistan.

Elizabethan England (1558-1588)

  • Was Elizabeth I a successful queen?
  • What changes did Elizabeth make to England?
  • What problems did she face?
  • What was social life like during Elizabethan England? (Education, leisure, exploration)
  • Key events –Religion in England, Spanish Armada, Mary Queen of Scots execution.

Medicine through time (1250- present day)

  • How did medicine develop?
  • Who developed key treatments and preventions?
  • What diseases killed the most people in the past?
  • How was the NHS formed?
  • Key studies – Black Death, Great plagues, cholera, Lung Cancer. WWI Trenches.


Exam Paper 1 - Medicine through time 1250-present day  (1 Hour 15 Minutes)

Exam Paper 2 - Cold War 1945-1991 AND Elizabethan England 1558-1588 (1 Hour 45 Minutes)

Exam Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany (1 Hour 20 Minutes)

Course link: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History


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Home Learning Policy

Home Learning Intent:

We set home learning in History because it is essential to revisit learning from lessons in your own time. History requires a depth of knowledge about key people, events, dates and agreements. Home learning allows you to explore these factors in more detail. We hope that the research, revision, and knowledge-based tasks you complete will contribute to the love of the subject.

Home Learning Expectations:

In History, we expect home learning to be presented to a high standard. The quality of your homework should match your classwork. It is essential you take pride in your work both within school and outside of school. The more effort you put into home learning/ revising the better your result will be in Year 11.

Kingsway Park High School

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