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Plympton Academy


Curriculum design

For additional information on the knowledge and skills assessed throughout the academic year please see the information below

KS3 Curriculum and Assessment Map

KS4 Curriculum and Assessment Map

KS5 Curriculum and Assessment Map

Year 7

In Year 7 history you can expect an exciting combination of topics including tracing the history of the road through the Silk Roads stretching from the Far East all the way to Europe. We also discover what History can be found much closer to home with a site study of Plympton Castle and the Norman Invasion of 1066.  We become detectives to discover why there was a murder in 1170 and conduct our own crime scene investigation.  We look at home the church and the crown came into conflict and how this helped to shape our society.  As we progress through year 7 we will look at important human stories such as the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Year 8

In Year 8 we begin with a bang by studying the causes, events and impact of the First World War through a range of true experiences of local soldiers. We look at how peace was short-lived in the 20th Century and how tensions escalated to cause the Second World War. Following this we pause to consider the Jewish experience during the Holocaust asking questions of people considered to be perpetrators and bystanders. We then challenge our eurocentric interpretations of History by exploring the wonders of the Silk Roads, trading routes that stretched from the Far East to modern day Europe and brought incredible riches along with devastating disease! We finish the year by studying the history of migration in the UK and try to uncover what it really means to be British.

Year 9

If your child has selected to take our exciting GCSE course then they can expect to cover some fantastic topics in year 9.  Our GCSE History course allows you to explore the diversity of human experience. It is the Schools History Project OCR B course designed by Michael Riley. Covering over a 1,000 years of History, with topics from Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods, it covers all interests. In addition, the course mixes local, national and world History; offering something for everyone.

In Year 9 we aim to complete the People’s Health and The Norman Conquest.

Did you know that the flu that followed WW1 killed more people that the war itself? Find out why by studying The People’s Health. This Thematic study focuses on  health, a theme that connects History with students’ lives and is very much living History as we all live through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will consider the impact of the Black Death, cholera epidemics, Spanish flu and AIDS in a unit that covers over 800 years.

Think Harold was killed by an arrow? Think again! Study the Norman Conquest for the British Depth Study. This focuses on the diverse lives, experiences and attitudes of people in Britain.


Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 we continue with our GCSE unit by looking at:

Was the American West all cowboys, Indians and gun fights? Find out in our Making of America, 1789-1900 period. This focuses on the relationship between different cultures during a period of great upheaval.

Was Coco Chanel really a Nazi spy? Find out in our World Depth Study, Living under Nazi Rule. In this unit you will consider Hitler’s rise to power, the machinery of terror, what happened to those who opposed Nazis and the Holocaust.

We also have a great opportunity to discover more about a local site, Buckland Abbey near Tavistock. Here we will find out why the peaceful setting of Dartmoor was a perfect setting for Cistercian monks and why Sir Francis Drake chose to make this place his home. This makes up 20% of the GCSE course.

GCSE History will inspire you to deepen your understanding of the people and enable you to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, make informed decisions and develop perspective and judgement. This will help you grow into an informed, thoughtful and active citizen. Studying history will also help you understand your own identity and significant aspects of the world in which you live.

There will be 3 exams at the end of Year 11. The first paper will assess the local site visit. Then, the 2 British studies will be assessed together and the 2 world studies together.


Meet the Staff

  • Miss E Roberts– Head of History
  • Mrs K Kerr- History Teacher
  • Mrs L Brake – History Teacher
  • Miss R Stark - History Teacher