Our History curriculum

KS3 History Curriculum

Intent: The History and Politics teachers at St Leonard’s aim to deliver excellent lessons, using a range of quality sources and texts and introducing high level of history discussion; a curriculum that is academic, challenging, and inclusive of all, which inspires students to continue study at GCSE, A Level and beyond. We look to contribute to the school aim of living life in all its fullness, offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to experience and engage with History and Politics outside of the classroom. 

Our curriculums will give students the opportunity to: 

  • Study issues at a local, national and international level in Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern time periods 
  • Understand Britain’s influence on the wider world 
  • Study the history and influence of different peoples and places across time 
  • Assess the impact of events on individual and communities 
  • Be exposed to a high level of historical, political and conceptual vocabulary 
  • Learn to interpret a broad range of sources including visual sources and propaganda 
  • Be exposed to different peoples’ perspectives on issues and events 
  • Develop an understanding of how to apply and write about historical concepts such as causation; continuity and change; significance; consequence; diversity 
  • Challenge received wisdom about individuals and issues 
  • Develop confidence in orating and debating issues and evaluate interpretations 

In order to achieve these aims, the teaching staff within the department will: 

  • Embed key disciplinary concepts of change/continuity, cause/consequence, similarity/difference, significance and how the past has been interpreted through a combination of depth and overview studies.  
  • Focus on key substantive concepts like empire, Church, and revolution to help students build their understanding of the past.  
  • Aim to establish and revisit these key disciplinary and substantive concepts in different contexts and increasing complexity to allow students to develop and build their understanding of them.  
  • Teach students to think critically, distinguish between fact and opinion, and form judgements based on evidence.  
  • Encourage personal development through introducing and developing themes of citizenship, diversity and tolerance, emphasising moral and social events such as the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement.  
  • Deliver the school’s values and encourage students to reflect on where they are prominent in lessons.  
  • Enable students to see themselves as citizens of the world, understanding not just how others have made a difference, but how they themselves can make a difference in their society and in the world. 
Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 11066 and the Battle of Hastings 
Anglo-Saxon England 
Causes, events and consequences of the Battle of Hastings. 
The Stuarts 
Gunpowder Plot 
English Civil War 
Oliver Cromwell 
The Restoration 
The First World War 
Front line conditions 
Weapon advances 
Half term 2The Norman Conquest 
The Domesday Book 
The Harrying of the North 
Life in Africa 
Triangular Trade 
Middle Passage 
Civil Rights 
Democracy & Dictatorship 
Capitalism & Communism 
The rise of Hitler 
Significance of Stalin 
Importance of control & propaganda 
Half term 3Life in Medieval England 
The Black Death 
Medieval Society 
Medieval towns 
British Empire 
Impact of British rule 
Benefits for Britain 
Consequences for the colonies 
The Holocaust 
Nazi ideology 
Life in the Ghettoes 
The Final Solution 
Jewish resistance 
Life in the concentration camps 
Half term 4Castles 
Why were castles built? 
How effective were medieval castles? 
Where were castles built? 
Industrial Revolution 
Causes of the revolution. 
Child labour & reform 
Key Individuals 
Housing & poverty 
The Second World War 
Dunkirk & D-Day  
Battle of Britain 
Evacuation & the Home Front 
Role of the USSR 
Atomic bomb  
Half term 5Tudor England 
Henry VIII 
The Break with Rome 
Edward VI’s reforms 
Mary I & Counter Reformation 
Native Americans 
Identity & lifestyle 
Beliefs of the Plains Indians 
Conflict with the settlers 
Destruction of the Plains Indians way of life 
The Cold War 
Key conflicts & individuals 
East v West 
Collapse of the Soviet Union 
Half term 6Elizabethan England 
Elizabeth’s Early Years 
The Religious Settlement 
The Spanish Armada 
Crime & Punishment 
Types of crime & law enforcement 
The Witch Craze 
Transportation to the colonies 
Jack the Ripper 
The 20th Century 
Key conflicts 
Who shot JFK? 
Moon landings 
Thatcher’s Britain 

KS4 GCSE History

Exam board: Pearson
Course code: 1HI0
Examinations: Three written papers.
Paper 1: Medicine Through Time – 31% of the grade

Paper 2: American West and Norman England – 38% of the grade

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany – 31% of the grade

Progression routes: GCSE History is an excellent gateway subject, which allows students to access a wide range of A-Levels. Many students go on to study History and Politics at A-Level and then at undergraduate level. While employers see the value of how History students are able to organise and communicate their ideas effectively and reach substantiated judgements based on the available evidence.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Medicine in Britain 1HI0/11 
Key Topic 1 -Medicine in Medieval England. 1250–1500 
Key Topic 2 – The medical Renaissance in England, 1500–1700 
The American West 1HI0/P3 
Key Topic 1 – The early settlement of the West, 1835–62 
Half term 2Key Topic 3 – Medicine in 18th & 19th Century Britain, 1700–1900 
Key Topic 4 – Medicine in Modern Britain, 1900–present 
Key Topic 2 – Development of the plains, 1862–76 
Key Topic 3 – Conflict & conquest, 1876–95 
Half term 3Medicine in Britain 1HI0/11 
Key Topic 5 – British Sector of the Western Front, 1914–18 
Anglo-Saxon & Norman England 1HI0/B1 
Key Topic 1 – Anglo-Saxon England & the Norman Conquest, 1060-66 
Half term 4Weimar & Nazi Germany 1HI0/32 
Key Topic 1 – The Weimar Republic 1918–29 
Key Topic 2 – William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-87 
Key Topic 3 – Norman England, 1066-88 
Half term 5Weimar & Nazi Germany 1HI0/32 
Key Topic 2 – Hitler’s rise to power, 1918–33 
Half term 6Key Topic 3 – Nazi control & dictatorship, 1933–39 
Key Topic 4 – Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39 

KS5 courses

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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