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Important documents

Please  see the information below which details the knowledge organisers for each semester

Knowledge Organisers

Semester 3

Knowledge Organisers - Whole Booklet - Yr7 Semester 3

Knowledge Organisers - Whole Booklet - Yr8 Semester 3

Knowledge Organisers - Whole Booklet - Yr9 Semester 3

Knowledge Organisers - Whole Booklet - Yr10 Semester 3

Semester 2

Year 7 Church and Kings Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 9 Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 10 Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 11 Nazi Germany Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 12 Tudor Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 13 Tudor Semester 2 Knowledge Organiser

Eisenhower A

Eisenhower B

Eisenhower C

Eisenhower D

Eisenhower E

Eisenhower F

Eisenhower G

Nixon - Domestic Policies

Nixon - Limits of America

Nixon - Reactions to Protest Movements

Nixon - The Influence of Kissinger

Nixon and Watergate

Nixon Presidency

Sixth Form

Semester 1


Rebellion and foreign policy

Economy and intellectual ideas

Accession, marriage and government

1. Key Ideas

2. Henry VII's Problems

3. Finances

4. Foreign Policy

5. Nobility

6. Threats

7. Government and Legal System

8. Economy

Year 7

Semester 1

Year 7 Semester 1 Medieval Power Struggles Knowledge Organiser

Year 8

Semester 1

Year 8 Semester 1 Knowledge Organiser

Year 9

Semester 1

Year 9 Semester 1 Peoples Health Knowledge Organiser

Year 10

Semester 1

Year 10 Semester 1 American West Knowledge Organiser

Year 11

Semester 1

Year 11 Semester 1 Germany Knowledge Organiser


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 areas like the Battle of Hastings, where you will have your very own election campaign.  We also look at the Murder of 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.  Our ILT projects aim to get you really enthused about history, with choices like visiting Castles or making Battle Shields.  


Year 8

In Year 8 history we like to start you off by asking ‘When would you rather . . . ‘ and complete a comparative unit between the Medieval and Victorian eras, looking at worst jobs, medicine and treatment as well as crime and punishment.  From here we move onto Expansionists, Explorers and Empire Builders with a focus on the British Empire.  We then move into looking at tales of human experience by looking at World War One and war in the trenches, followed by the Jewish experience during the Holocaust.  We try to capture your imagination by setting you ILT work which encourages you to think around the topic by doing things like Medieval cooking or site visits.  


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 a health, a theme that connects History with students’ lives and is the subject of contemporary debate in Britain. We will consider 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 with 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.

The most exciting change with this new GCSE is the chance to visit and discover a local site. Possible locations include The Citadel, Buckland Abbey, Charlestown harbour and Launceston Castle. 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 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

  • Mrs Kerr – Head of History
  • Mrs Brake – History Teacher
  • Miss Stark - History Teacher