History Department


The History department at St. Columba’s is fully compliant with the requirements of the National Curriculum in England. It seeks to provide “…pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.”
The History Department will provide “…an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.”


The History Department has high expectations for all pupils; we will seek to stretch the more able but to challenge the less able also. Appropriate assessments are essential to setting realistic and ambitious targets which will enable all pupils to fulfil their true potential.
As such, the History Department will take account of all issues in relation to equality of opportunity, thus ensuring that there are no barriers to pupil achievement. The S.E.N. Code of Practice will be fully adhered to so that all pupils gain full and equal advantage of every opportunity afforded through the study of History.

Numeracy & Mathematics:

The History Department will seek where possible to support and develop pupils’ mathematical fluency thereby ensuring that they understand and appreciate the importance of Mathematics.

Language & Literacy:

The teaching of History will develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and the development of a strong vocabulary as these are integral aspects of this subject.
Fluency in English Language is an essential prerequisite for all pupils as this is the medium used for the teaching of History. We are fully supportive of the drive to encourage all pupils to read extensively in order to promote their standard of spoken and written English. This drive to promote vocabulary development is evident in the ambitious expectations for reading at home.

Programmes of Study
Key Stage 3

The History Department aims to ensure that all pupils know and understand key developments in the history of Britain from the Norman Conquest to the present day:
– How Britain impacted on the history of the wider world
– Understand key historical concepts such as change, continuity, similarity, difference, cause and consequence.
– Recognise key terms such as Empire, Civilisation, Parliament.
– Understand methods of historical enquiry and how to use evidence to reach conclusions
– Gain historical perspective by placing events in context

Year 7
Autumn Term 1 Britain before 1066
Autumn Term 2 The Norman Conquest
The structure of society in Medieval Britain
Spring Term 1 The struggle between Church and Crown
Spring Term 2 Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
The English attempt to capture Scotland and Wales
Summer Term 1 Justice.
European Integration
Islamic Civilisations – spread and beliefs
Summer Term 2 Life in the Islamic World
Year 8
Autumn Term 1 Wars of the Roses; establishment of Tudor dynasty
The Reformation; English Reformation
Autumn Term 2 Elizabethan England and Counter-Reformation
Catholic and Protestant conflict
Spring Term 1  The Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland)
Act of Union 1707; Hanoverian Succession and Jacobite rebellions
Society, economy & culture, 1500 – 1750
Spring Term 2  Civil War – causes, events and consequences
The Restoration
Summer Term 1  Britain 1750-1900 Industrial Revolution
Summer Term 2  Growth and development of Empire
Year 9
Autumn Term 1 The First World War: causes, course and consequences
Autumn Term 2
Spring Term 1
Spring Term 2 Inter-war years; The Great Depression
The Rise of the Dictators
Summer Term 1  Second World War – The Home Front
Summer Term 2 The Holocaust

GCSE 9-1

Year 10
Year 10 September – February
Option 12: Warfare and British society, c1250–present and London and the Second World War, 1939–45 Warfare and British society, c1250–present
Year 10 March – May
Option B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40
Year 10 June – July ( Weimar)
Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Year 11
Year 11 September – December (Nazi)
Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Year 11 January – April
Option 26/27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91


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