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History KS4


• To develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience

• To engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers

• To develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context

• To develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them

• To organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Autumn – Jack the Ripper*, The Suffragettes* and World War One*
  • Autumn – The People’s Health, c.1250 – Present and The Norman Conquest
  • Autumn – The Making of the USA 1789 – 1900
  • Spring – Weimar Germany* and Nazi Germany
  • Spring – The Norman Conquest
  • Spring – Revision
  • Summer – Nazi Germany, The People’s Health and c.1250 – Present
  • Summer – History Around Us – Portchester Castle
  • Summer – Exam


* Transition Units (these are not part of the GCSE)

Key assessment details

In years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using class knowledge tests, GCSE examination-style tasks, end of unit exams as well as homework. There will be a formal assessment during each year where students will be tested on the main topic areas.

In year 11 students will sit three external written exams in May/June.




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