History Curriculum Information

Studying History at Queensmead is an exciting way to find out more about the world we live in today. Students follow the National Curriculum, covering a range of key topics throughout Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9, students focus on the transition towards studying topics in greater depth.

Year 7

In Year 7, students begin by finding out more about ‘Who is Britain?’ The aim of this unit is to find out more about the different people who have come to Britain over the period 4000BC to the present day. Thereafter, students cover British history between 43AD and c.1700. Particular areas of study include asking ourselves ‘Who was the best king?’ in medieval Britain and examining the reasons for William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings.

Year 8

In Year 8, students will discover about a range of important individuals from the 18th and 19th centuries, asking themselves ‘Who is the greatest Briton?’ Students are encouraged to use historical criteria to form an overall judgement about this fascinating and controversial question. Thereafter, students are engaged by a course which cover both the positive and negative aspects of the British Empire. The year is concluded by depth studies into the causes of World War I and an evaluation of key turning points during the 20th century.

Year 9

In Year 9, students begin by finding out more about the course of World War I, focusing on the question of ‘Why did Germany lose the war?’ This is followed by a depth study into the consequences of Germany’s defeat, following the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic. Students then investigate the reasons for Hitler’s rise to power. This is followed by a broader study of the English criminal law and its wider societal impacts during the period 1066 to the present day.