History

“History is the record of everything that has ever happened to anyone, everywhere, its never ending and forever changing”.

Term Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Half Term 1

Introduction to History. Local history study: Impact of the Romans on the North East. The events of 1066.

The British Empire. The impact of slavery. A debate on “Was the British Empire good or not”

In depth study: The Holocaust. Treatment of Jews and other groups in the Holocaust

GCSE History: USA: Inequality and opportunity Part 3: 1950 – 1973

GCSE History: Health and the People, Norman England 1066 – 1100

Half Term 2

Life in Norman England. Introduction to Medieval England. Medieval towns, villages and jobs

The industrial revolution and economic change. Public health during the industrial revolution. Victorian crime and punishment

Late 20th century History. The assassination of JFK. Terrorism.

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension: Causes of World War One.

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100.

Half Term 3

Religion in Medieval England. The impact of the Black Death. The Peasants Revolt.

The sinking of the Titanic and a study of class in the early 20th century. The struggle for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century.

In depth study: 20th century America. 1920s,  Position of women, The boom.

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension: Causes of World War One.

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100.

Half Term 4

War of the Roses. The reign of Henry VII. In depth study of the reign of Henry VIII. Edward and Bloody Mary

Causes of World War One. Events and consequences of World War One. Life in 1920s Germany

In depth study 20th century America 1920s. Prohibition, Gangsters and Immigration.

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension Health and the People: 1000 – Modern day.

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100 Revision.

Half Term 5

The reign of Elizabeth I including marriage, religious change, the Spanish Armada, Mary Queen of Scots and a golden age.

Impact of the depression. Jarrow March. Why did Hitler come to power? Life in Nazi Germany.

In depth study: 20th century America, 1930s, Impact of the depression and Hoover.

GCSE History: Health and the people 1000 – Modern day

Revision and preparation for exams.

Half Term 6

James I and events in his reign. The English Civil War. The Great Fire of London and the Plague.

Causes of WW2. Key turning points of WW2. Life on the home front. The dropping of the Atom Bomb.

In depth study: 20th century America, The New Deal and Impact of WW2.

GCSE History: Health and the people 1000 – Modern day

Revision and preparation for exams.


Year 7

Half Term 1

Introduction to History. Local history study: Impact of the Romans on the North East. The events of 1066.

Half Term 2

Life in Norman England. Introduction to Medieval England. Medieval towns, villages and jobs

Half Term 3

Religion in Medieval England. The impact of the Black Death. The Peasants Revolt.

Half Term 4

War of the Roses. The reign of Henry VII. In depth study of the reign of Henry VIII. Edward and Bloody Mary

Half Term 5

The reign of Elizabeth I including marriage, religious change, the Spanish Armada, Mary Queen of Scots and a golden age.

Half Term 6

James I and events in his reign. The English Civil War. The Great Fire of London and the Plague.


Year 8

Half Term 1

The British Empire. The impact of slavery. A debate on “Was the British Empire good or not”

Half Term 2

The industrial revolution and economic change. Public health during the industrial revolution. Victorian crime and punishment

Half Term 3

The sinking of the Titanic and a study of class in the early 20th century. The struggle for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century.

Half Term 4

Causes of World War One. Events and consequences of World War One. Life in 1920s Germany

Half Term 5

Impact of the depression. Jarrow March. Why did Hitler come to power? Life in Nazi Germany.

Half Term 6

Causes of WW2. Key turning points of WW2. Life on the home front. The dropping of the Atom Bomb.


Year 9

Half Term 1

In depth study: The Holocaust. Treatment of Jews and other groups in the Holocaust

Half Term 2

Late 20th century History. The assassination of JFK. Terrorism.

Half Term 3

In depth study: 20th century America. 1920s,  Position of women, The boom.

Half Term 4

In depth study 20th century America 1920s. Prohibition, Gangsters and Immigration.

Half Term 5

In depth study: 20th century America, 1930s, Impact of the depression and Hoover.

Half Term 6

In depth study: 20th century America, The New Deal and Impact of WW2.


Year 10

Half Term 1

GCSE History: USA: Inequality and opportunity Part 3: 1950 – 1973

Half Term 2

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension: Causes of World War One.

Half Term 3

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension: Causes of World War One.

Half Term 4

GCSE History: Conflict and Tension Health and the People: 1000 – Modern day.

Half Term 5

GCSE History: Health and the people 1000 – Modern day

Half Term 6

GCSE History: Health and the people 1000 – Modern day


Year 11

Half Term 1

GCSE History: Health and the People, Norman England 1066 – 1100

Half Term 2

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100.

Half Term 3

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100.

Half Term 4

GCSE History: Norman England 1066 – 1100 Revision.

Half Term 5

Revision and preparation for exams.

Half Term 6

Revision and preparation for exams.


At Key Stage 4, we follow AQA exam specification and pupils learn about 4 very different areas of History. They begin by studying a depth study of the USA from 1920 – 1973, followed by a further indepth study of Conflict and Tension 1894 – 1914, this focuses on the causes, events and end of WW1. They then move onto a Thematic study Health and the People 1100 – 1066 which covers 4 time periods and considers aspects like disease, surgery, and medical advancements in each time period. Finally we move onto the Normans 1066 – 1100 for a depth study of that time period which builds on knowledge learnt in KS3.
In History lessons pupils learn about engaging topics and understand why we have chosen them to be studied. They understand how they have affected the world or how they might have impacted on their lives directly. The curriculum is sequenced with purpose so pupils understand the chronological elements of history but also that there are lots of incidents that are similar in nature despite being hundreds of years apart. Pupils are also taught key skills such as essay writing, expressing an opinion, analyzing a source and formatting questions which they can apply in the wider world and in other subjects. They are taught how History is a useful subject for many career choices in later life and has lots of transferable skills.
History is a popular subject at Boldon with lots of pupils taking it at GCSE and then furthering their studies of it at A level in their post 16 choices.