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The History curriculum seeks to give students a deep knowledge base of certain foundational periods of UK and World History as well as exposing students to a broad range of divergent world and local histories. It is comprehensive but necessarily selective.  

In Year 7, students conduct a depth study of key moments of British History – in chronological order. These are the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, Medieval Kingship, Tudors, Civil War and the Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution and Women’s Suffrage. In Year 8, students conduct a breadth study of issues of progress, protest and persecution in global history – the topics are African Civilisation pre-1500, the Civil Rights Movement, the First World War, the British Empire, the Second World War and the Holocaust and Changes to Brixton in the 20th Century. Year 8 is sequenced chronologically although topics intentionally overlap and links are made between them. In Year 9, students conduct a breadth study of changes in Medicine between 1250 and the present day and the role of Medicine on the Western Front – this topic has been selected  so that students have experience, before some students opt to withdraw form History in Year 10, to conduct a Historical study across a large section of time. In Year 10 and 11, students who have selected to continue studying History work through GCSE content through a study of Weimar and Nazi Germany, the Cold War and Elizabethan England (sequenced chronologically). Our content-choices have been governed by a desire to ensure students gain the foundational powerful knowledge in order to access further study and gain an understanding of a diverse range of histories. 

We have chosen to have two units dedicated to local History in order ensure that our curriculum is contextually appropriate and to ensure that students have an understanding of the impact of History on their local area. Our two local history units are The Industrial Revolution which focuses on the role of ‘Electric Avenue’ in Brixton and our final topic in Year 8 which is a study of how Brixton has changed in the 20th Century (esp. the impact of Windrush and the Brixton Riots).  

We have carefully selected topics to ensure that we cover a diverse range of histories whilst covering the threshold knowledge required to advance to further study. For example, we study West African Civilisation pre-1500, the American Civil Rights Movement, the role of the British Empire, Women’s Suffrage and diverse local histories. Further, we approach the study of other topics from a diverse standpoint – regularly returning to diverse themes. The key themes that are regularly visited across the 5 year journey are empire, gender, Black History, leadership, trade and the establishment of democracy. We have carefully chosen these key themes because they are key for access to further study in History and to the creation of ‘compassionate’ leadership (as per our school vision). 

Throughout the curriculum, students are also explicitly taught the disciplinary knowledge required to become an articulate historian. We have identified six disciplinary skills which we have mapped on to our five year journey, will make explicit in our teaching and have included in our knowledge booklets. These are (i) similarity/difference, (ii) interpretations and evidence, (iii) change/continuity, (iv) cause and consequence and (v) importance. 

For further details on the History Curriculum please click the relevant button below

5 year overview

Year GroupCurrent Medium Term Plan
Year 7Medium Term Plan
Year 8Medium Term Plan
Year 9Medium Term Plan
Year 10Medium Term Plan
Year 11Medium Term Plan


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