Subject: History

Head of Subject: Miss G Nicholson

In Year 7 students are taught History with their mixed ability form. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability classes, apart from classes M and N 1 which are ability sets. Students are taught History 1 hour a week in Year 7 and 2 hours a week in Years 8 and 9. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 History is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take History in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the Edexcel GCSE History (1H10). They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.
  • Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.
  • Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.


Overview of the History Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 What is History? The Impact of War Conquest ConquestWilliam’s Everyday life in the past Everyday life in the past
8 The Tudors & Stuarts The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution Victorian England The Americas The Americas
9 International ConflictThe First World War International ConflictThe First World War Democracy & DictatorshipNazi Germany Democracy & DictatorshipNazi Germany The American WestPlains Indians The American WestConflict

Settlement of the Plains

10 & 11 Paper 1: Medicine in Britain c1250 – present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914 – 18: Injuries, treatment and the trenches.Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 88 and The American West c 1835 – c 1895.

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 39

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE History is 1H10. Click here to view the GCSE specification.