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Welcome to the History Department 
2020 - 2021

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

Miss Sarah Hopkins
Curriculum Leader

The Team:    

Mrs Louise Smith                       Teacher of History
Mrs Clare Daish                           Assistant Head Teacher / Teacher of History
Miss Chantelle Drakard         Teacher of History

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


Alton Through Time &
The Shaping of Britain

Church v Crown

Freedom and Rights &
The American West


Pirates to Profiteers

The Modern Age: a towering achievement?

Public Health through Time

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

KS3 Curriculum Videos:

Year 7/8 Curriculum

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


Early Elizabethan England

(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 Elizabeth’s early reign from 1558 to 1888 focusing on her government, challenges she faced and the age of exploration.   Key topics include:

Queen, government and religion

Challenges from home and abroad

Society in the age of exploration 

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.

Supporting History at home:

  • Keep up to date with and discuss current affairs – what is happening in the news? Is this a new problem or can it be traced back in time?
  • Encourage further interest in topics – what documentaries could they watch to further their knowledge? Are there local places of interest that are linked?
  • Reading widely and with interest – have they read the Horrible Histories series? How useful is historical fiction? Please see the Historical Association reading list for some suggestions.
  • Visit and enjoy trips to places of historic significance – what history is on your doorstep? Is it important to preserve items/buildings from the past?
  • Encourage active revision – do they know how to create flash cards? Which topics do they need to prioritise? Please see the Active Revision in History handout for more information on revision within the History curriculum.
  • Emphasise recall opportunities – what did they learn today? How many key dates/individual can they identify? Using GCSEPod, Seneca and BBC Bitesize all offer additional retrieval practise.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra-curricular opportunities are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic