Curriculum Leader: Mrs R Reid

Subject Teachers: Mrs R Reid, Mr J Gee, Ms C Bidwell, Miss A Muja

Famous Quote

History isn't about dates and places and wars. It's about the people who fill the spaces between them.Jodi Picoult, author

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

History at Cove encourages students to think critically about the world today; how has our past affected modern society?  We aim to equip students by developing their knowledge and understanding of the past and helping them understand how and why things have changed. 

We want students to develop a love of learning as well as build their enquiry skills, learn to evaluate evidence so they can reach their own judgments and opinions about key historical events.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3

Each Year group covers a new unit of work each half term and students’ learning is regularly assessed.

Year 7 start with an Introduction to History and a study into England pre-1066. We then study the Norman Conquest and its immediate and long term consequences on the UK.  Term 2 sees Year 7 studying Medieval Life 1066 – 1509 and Term 3 is a study of Tudor England. Students learn about how society was run during both periods and what it was like to be alive at these times. Students study the following topics – how society was run and organized, the importance of religion, crime and punishment, medicine, gender equality / differences, food and drink, homes and living conditions.

Year 8 build on their learning from the previous year by looking at England during the 17th century, in particular the English Civil War, where they evaluate its political and social impact. Term 2 in dominated by a study of World History centered around the British Empire and leading into a study of the big social changes of the 18th and 19th centuries - primarily the Industrial Revolution. Students have the opportunity to study different colonial countries and make their own judgements about the impact of the empire. In Term 3, students study the Slave Trade and the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and are then able to make comparisons with the struggles for Women’s Rights in the UK and equal rights in South Africa.

Year 9 History at Cove is focused on the 20th century.  The year runs chronologically starting with the origins of World War One and looking in depth at the conflict in the early 20th century.  We then study the rise of extremism in the 1930s and the steps to WW2. Students look in some depth at the turning points of World War Two and the impact this had on Europe and the rest of the world.  This leads into the final scheme of learning at KS3 which concentrates on the Cold War and the Holocaust.


Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4                        Exam Board: AQA

The GCSE History course runs over two years.  Students will sit 2 exam papers in the summer of Year 11. Each paper comprises 50% of their overall grade. Students will be graded on the new 1-9 system from 2018.

In Year 10 students study Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship. This includes the problems of Kaiser Wilhelm, the creation of the Weimar Republic, The Rise of Nazi Party and the Nazi Dictatorship and its fall in 1945.  

The second unit for Paper 1 is Conflict & Tension 1918-1939. This unit focuses on how WW1 ended and why the peace could not be maintained.

The third unit, and first topic of Paper 2, is Britain: Health and the People 1000-present. Students study the changes and developments of medicine through time so they can explain when and why progress was made and make judgements about the most significant factors.

The final unit of the GCSE course is Elizabethan England 1558-1603. Students investigate Elizabeth’s court, her domestic and international problems including whether this really was a ‘Golden Age’. This unit includes the Historical Environment Study. A topic that will change every year and that students will have a long-answer question on in Paper 2.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4

Two exams – both 2 hours.

There is no Coursework or Controlled Assessment.

Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:

  • Year 9 Trip to the Battlefields of WWI in Belgium
  • Year 10 trip to Auschwitz in Poland.
  • Year 11 revision trip to Berlin, Germany.
Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum Map History KS3 19th Sep 2019 Download