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Welcome to the History Department: Curriculum information 2018 - 2019

'The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.'   Winston Churchill

Mrs Clare Daish

Curriculum Leader for History

The Team:    

Teacher of History and Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs Linda Campbell      

Teacher of History
Mrs Louise Smith
Miss Sarah Hopkins          

Introduction to the Department:

At Eggar’s School the History department balances historical knowledge with the use of historical skills. We study History through a mixture of chronological, thematic and depth study courses. This enables students to compare topics carefully and across chronology.

Key Stage 3


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Church V Crown

Tudor Religious Change

Parliament: From the Magna Carta to Modern day


Industrial Revolution

The Empire and Slavery

The World at War 1900-1945

Assessment at Key Stage Three

Students will be regularly assessed in History throughout the periods studied. These will be through a combination of longer written answers and tasks completed in class. The assessments will be focused on looking at 6 key historical skills:

  • Cause and Consequence
  • Historical Interpretations
  • Change and Continuity
  • Significance
  • Historical Evidence
  • Historical Knowledge

Key Stage 4

The History Department follow the Edexcel 9-1 specification at GCSE. The topics taught are explained below.

  Topic Key Content


This is a thematic study which requires students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages from the medieval to modern periods. Students also have to look at an historical environment linked to the thematic study and focused on a site in its historical context

Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000 – present AND Whitechapel, c.1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city.  (30% of final grade)

Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes

For each time period students will need to consider the following information:

  • Nature and changing definitions of criminal activity.

  • The nature of law enforcement and punishment.

Case study from the time period

Paper Two is divided into two sections.  Students will look at a British depth study (Henry VIII and his ministers) and a period study (the Cold War)

Superpower Relations and the Cold Ware 1941 - 91

(20% of the final grade – Paper two is divided into two sections, 20% each)

Written exam – 1 hour 45 minutes

The period study focuses on a period of at least 50 years and requires students to understand the events and issues of the period.

Key areas to be covered are:

  • The origins of the Cold War 1941 - 91
  • Cold War crises 1958 - 70
  • The end of the Cold War 1970 - 71

Henry VIII and his Ministers

(20% of the final grade – Paper two is divided into two sections, 20% each)

Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes

The British depth study requires students to look at the period of 1509-1540 and consider the dramatic changes to the political and religious life in the country.  Key topics include:

  • Henry VIII and Wolsey
  • Henry VIII and Cromwell
  • The Reformation and its impact

This is a modern depth study which looks in detail at a key period of history

Germany 1918-1939 (30% of final grade)

Written exam – 1 hour 20 minutes

Key areas to be covered are: 

  • The Weimar Republic, 1918-1929.
  • Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-33
  • Nazi control of dictatorship, 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933 - 39

Assessment at Key Stage 4

Students will be regularly assessed with past paper questions both in class and at home. Throughout the three years there will be mock exams given to help students prepare for their GCSE’s at the end of Year 11.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The History department believe that trips are an opportunity to bring History to life and currently offer the following:

Year 8:  Imperial War Museum and HMS Belfast
Year 9:  Residential to visit the battlefields of World War One
Year 10: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour and London Dungeons