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Programme of study

During Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through British, European and World studies. All students study history in Year 7, 8 and 9 for two lessons per week.


Students will develop skills of historical interpretation. They will learn about how and why historical events, people, situation and changes have been interpreted in different ways. Students will be taught how to identify, select and use a range of appropriate sources of information. In addition students will be taught how to recall, prioritise and select historical information. Knowledge and understanding will also be communicated using a range of techniques, including spoken language, and structural narratives.

Knowledge and understanding

Y7 pupils will study:

  • 1066 - 1500
  • The Roman Empire
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The life and times of King John
  • Life for Medieval People in town and country
  • The effect that the medieval Church had on peoples’ lives.
  • Links have also been established to work alongside Art.

Y8 pupils will study:

  • 1500 - 1750
  • Elizabeth I
  • Charles I, Civil Wars and Oliver Cromwell
  • The Black Peoples of the Americas
  • The British Empire
  • 1750 - 1900
  • A study of how expansion of trade and colonisation, industrialisation and political changes affect the U.K. - with
    particular emphasis on local history including:
    - Cotton Mills
    - Coal Mines
    - Canals

Y9 pupils will study:

  • A world study after 1900
  • A study of some of the significant individuals, events and developments from across the 20th century including:
  • World War I
  • Dictatorship in the inter war period
  • World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb
  • Aspects of the Cold War
  • JFK
  • History Mysteries—Jack the Ripper / Titanic


  • Take an interest in their work and look for the good points in their exercise books and praise your child.
  • Encourage your child to read.
  • Encourage your child to use the library
  • Check their written work.
  • Support your child to complete their homework.
  • Encourage your child to attend homework club and take advantage of a wider range of
  • Try to visit local places of interest to enhance work in class