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St Mary's Catholic High School


Vision Statement

Studying History ensures that our students know who they are, where they’ve come from and how they can contribute to the world they live in. We want our students to be explorers of the past, investigating past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts and more; looking at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got to where we are today.


Our aim is to make History accessible, interesting and relevant to students, through the choice of stimulating subject material, innovative teaching methods and a student-centred approach to learning.

We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, inspiring  students’ curiosity to know more about the past. As a result, students should develop skills in knowledge, understanding, explanation, investigation, handling sources and presenting arguments. These are essential tools in studying History, but also important transferable skills to other areas of the curriculum and life in general.

Curriculum Content

They will learn key historical skills that will allow them to help interpret the past and to understand a range of sources and materials which help explain history. Students study the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world over time from the Roman Invasion of Britain to the present day.  The key skills they learn will embed their understanding of chronology, causation, consequences and significance over time in history.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 topics include: Roman Britain; the Norman Conquest; the Crusades; life in Medieval Britain; The Tudors; and, the Elizabethan Age.

Year 8 topics include: The Stuarts; the English Civil War; Empire and Slavery; the Industrial Revolution; Victorian Britain; and, WW1.

Year 9 topics include: The rise of Hitler and the Nazis; WW2; the Holocaust; Post-war USA; the Civil Rights Movement; and, Health & Welfare in the 20th Century.

Throughout Key Stage 3 the following four themes will be highlighted: Medicine through time; Challenging Power & Authority; Crime & Punishment; and, History for All.

History - Year 7 Curriculum Map

History - Year 8 Curriculum Map

History - Year 9 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4

Students studying GCSE History follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) History specification

The structure of the GCSE history course allows learners to make a clear distinction between the study of history in the short term and the medium and long term. It provides, therefore, a substantial programme of study, giving learners the opportunity to study history in depth and in breadth.

At the same time it actively encourages connections between different periods and eras in history, and as such represents a coherent programme of study. 

Year 10: Studies in Depth

  • The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603
  • Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

Year 11: Studies in Breadth

  • Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain, c.500 to the present day
  • The Development of the USA, 1929-2000

History - Year 10 Curriculum Map

History - Year 11 Curriculum Map

WJEC Eduqas  History - Specification