History Curriculum Documents


Curriculum Rationale


Curriculum Plan


Learning Journey KS3


Learning Journey KS4




“We are not just makers of history, we are made by History” – Martin Luther King

History is a subject that educates students about past events but also equips them with vital skills for the modern world. Through history students can develop their critical thinking and problem solving abilities as well as gain a greater understanding of current event that shape the world in which we live.

KS3 Programs of Study

Within KS3, students study a broad range of aspects of History. These often link well with other subjects such as Geography, Religious Studies and English

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • 1066: The Norman Conquest
  • How did monarch's keep control?
  • Religion in the Middle Ages
  • The murder of Thomas Becket
  • The Crusades
  • The Black Death
  • Migration over time

Year 8

  • Henry VIII and the Break with Rome
  • Religious changes under the Tudors
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • The English Civil War
  • Commonwealth, Restoration and Enlightenment
  • The transatlantic slave trade
  • The British Empire
  • The Industrial Revolution

Year 9

  • World War One
  • The Chartists
  • Suffragettes and Suffragists
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • World War Two
  • The Holocaust
  • An introduction to the Cold War

History GCSE

History is a very popular option at GCSE level at Hurstmere School. As a department we are very proud of our GCSE results where we have consistently achieved well above National Averages.

Examination Board:               EdExcel

Course Content:

  • Medicine through time (1250-present) and the British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991
  • The USA, 1954-75
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-88