History Curriculum

Why is the study of History important?

The study of History is important, as it is the story of individual, local and world events, that you can learn from and draw together in order to make sense of the world in which you live in. History not only allows you to understand events that have happened in the past, it also provides different interpretations of those events, allowing you to form your own opinion, and consider how key periods in British and World history have influenced the present day. The study of topics such as slavery, WWI & WWII and the Civil Rights movement develop your empathy and understanding of how society has changed and influences how matters are dealt with today. History at Sirius is designed to allow you, the student, to experience life inside and outside of Hull. Starting in year 7 and then progressing through the key stages, a key focus in Sirius Academy’s History programme is to study the development of society and political control. You will study how Britain has been governed starting with the Norman Conquest through to modern Britain. Each time period will allow you to assess the level and pace of change in how Britain has been ruled and how society has been affected because of this. History at Sirius allows you to expand your knowledge about different societies, cultures, political ideas and to draw your own conclusions about your place in the world. The study of History allows you to travel through time and experience a wide variety of changes to British History and world History to create your informed opinion on where the differences and similarities are between people today.

What will the study of History teach you?

The study of History will teach you how to understand the causes and consequences of important events in Britain’s past, in European and world History. You will develop your written and verbal communication skills, your ability to form, explain and justify conclusions, and how to use different sources of information and evidence to construct an argument. You will be challenged to form your own opinions and consider how events can be viewed from different interpretations, skilfully questioning evidence for accuracy and relevance, rather than taking them at face value. In KS3, you will be able to see how life in England developed from 1066 to the present day. You will learn how to describe and explain the past. You will begin to use different primary sources of evidence and historical interpretations to consider changes over time that have shaped the community and world you live in today. In KS4, you will build on the social, political, military and religious themes from the foundations developed at KS3. You will develop your understanding of secondary concepts of history further by practicing how to analyse and evaluate the causes, consequences, and significance of events in breadth and depth studies of key historical periods. You will analyse and evaluate the utility of sources and historical interpretations in studying the past, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. You will consider how different events affected society, the economy, religion, and politics at the time and today. At KS5, you will further develop and broaden the key concepts studied throughout KS3 and KS4, along with the transferable key skills, by undertaking an independent research task. You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your skills through completing an extended essay in response to a self-determined question, and learn how to discuss and debate key concepts and ideas with your peers. KS5 will help to develop your communication thanks to the focus of debate through lessons and research skills in preparation for future studies, in order to leave with confidence in your abilities as a historian.

How does the study of History support your study in other subjects?

History has many transferable skills, which support many other subjects taught at Sirius Academy. One of the key skills taught in History is how to use a variety of resources to research past events, helping you build in depth knowledge independently of events of local, national, and international importance. History also teaches you to analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources of evidence and historical interpretations. This allows you to use skilful questioning to understand key historical events and draw your own opinions and conclusions about the past. These skills can also be applied to the present, encouraging you to question sources of information, to ensure accuracy and reliability, to become well-informed citizens. It also supports you in understanding and appreciating different viewpoints, which encourages respect and supports teaching in Beliefs and Values. You also develop your written and verbal communication, presentation, and listening skills to convey your research and conclusions about events, comparing them to those of other historians. These communication skills are vital in all subjects, but are especially useful in English. In depth, analysis skills will help you to analyse and write different types of text in English Language, and to analyse and compare poems and novels in English Literature. In addition, the nature of History is to understand and form different opinions of events, drawing conclusions and making judgements, which will support Geography fieldwork, science experiments and technology practical tasks where practical results need to be explained, analysed and evaluated.

Key assessment objectives
The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:
AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied.
AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.
AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

How can the study of History support you in the future?

History can help you build and develop lots of transferable skills.  All of these skills are transferable into many career paths and jobs, as well as every day life. History allows the development of transferable skills for analysis, literacy, evaluation, evidence gathering and forming and explaining judgements based on information gathered, all of which can transfer into many different career paths. Some of the careers paths open to people with good history skills and knowledge are:  Law, Teaching, Journalism, Business, Accountancy, Politics, TV, Radio, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Administration, Museum Work, the Civil Service, Publishing, Data management and Public Relations are just a few of the careers and jobs that will benefit from developed history skills.

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  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Half Term 1

The Norman Conquest

Who were the contenders to the throne? What happened at the Battle of Stamford Bridge?
How did the Battle of Hasting’s affect Britain’s future?
What were the consequences of the Harrying of the North?
Castles & their development including local case studies.

Life in the Industrial Era

Why were the 1800s such an important time in Britain’s past?
What was the greatest invention made? How would life be different if it were the 1800s?
What can we learn about Victorian Britain from books and films?
What were the causes of the British Empire?


Key investigations into different battles that took place during WWII.
How was Germany affected by Britain’s bombings?
How were soldiers recruited into WWII in America?
What were the consequences of the Blitz?
What were the consequences of the Atomic Bomb?
What was Germany like at the end of WWII?

AQA GCSE History
Health & the People

A chronological study of causes, treatments, public health and surgery in the different time periods- Medieval, Renaissance, The industrial Revolution and the Modern Era.

AQA GCSE History
The Norman Conquest

The Normans: conquest and control
The Contenders to the throne.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge.
The Battle of Hastings.
The building & development of castles.
How did William achieve control – Government, Revolts & The Harrying of the North.

Half Term 2

Life in Medieval Times
How to pass time in the Medieval Era.
Public Health- A disease waiting to happen?
The Black Death and its consequences, What happened to Thomas Beckett?

What was the slave trade triangle?
What was it like in the middle passage? What was life like on a plantation? How & why did slavery end?

The Civil Rights Movement

What was segregation? How did people resist segregation in America?
What was the importance of MLK & Malcom X in ending segregation?
How much has been learnt today from the Civil Rights Movement?

Hull’s Past
How significant was Hull in the English Civil War?
Who were Hull’s greatest contributors to changes in British History?
Who were the Headscarf Revolutionaries?
How was Hull affected in the World Wars?
What’s Hull’s importance in the Modern World?

AQA GCSE History
Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship 1890-1945

Germany and the growth of democracy Kaiser Wilhelm and the difficulties of ruling Germany
The impact of the First World War
Weimar Germany.

AQA GCSE History
The Norman Conquest

Life under the Normans Feudalism and government

Towns & Villages
The Legal System
The Domesday book

Half Term 3

Why did Henry VIII have so many wives? What were the causes & consequences of the Break from Rome? What happened if you broke the law in Tudor times?
How did Edward VI continue  his father’s legacy?

1900s Key Events

The Titanic & Women Gain the Vote

What was it like on board the Titanic? Why did the Titanic Sink? What lessons were learnt from the Titanic sinking?
Why did women deserve the vote in the 1900s?
Who fought for women’s votes?
Why did women achieve the vote in 1918?

Who’s Who in the History of Medicine?

A historical enquiry into key individuals who had made a significant impact in the world of medicine.
Galen & Hippocrates
Simpson & Lister and
Florence Nightingale

AQA GCSE History
Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship 1890-1945
The Stresemann era,
Germany and the Depression The impact of the Depression.
The failure of Weimar democracy
The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship
the experiences of Germans under the Nazis Economic changes
Nazi Social policy and practice
Nazi Control  & propaganda

AQA GCSE History
The Norman Conquest

The Norman Church and Monasticism
The Church

Church before 1066
Problems with the Church
Church Reforms
Relationship with the Norman Kings and the Popes
Monastery Reforms

Half Term 4


How Bloody was Mary Bloody Mary?
Who was Elizabeth I & what problems did she face?
How was Elizabeth I represented in her portraits? What was the Spanish Armada & why was it important?

1900s Key Events

Women Gain the Vote (continued)


How did a sandwich cause WWI?
Why did men agree to fight in WWI?

The Deadly Diseases of Britain’s Past

A study of the deadly epidemics of Britain’s past including, The Black Death, The Great Plague, Smallpox and Cholera.


AQA GCSE History
Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship 1890-1945



AQA GCSE History
Conflict and Tension between East & West, 1945-1972

The origins of the Cold War
The iron curtain and East-West rivalry

AQA GCSE History

Half Term 5


How superstitious was James I?
What happened in the famous Gunpowder Plot?
What was the Great Civil War?

Life in WWI

What was WWI like in the trenches? What happened in the Battle of Somme & Passchendaele?  How did WWI end? How is WWI remembered?

Surviving Disease Past to Present

How has our understanding of the causes of disease changed over time?
How have treatments changed?
What was the impact of Germ theory change medicine?
How did WWI & WWII save lives?

AQA GCSE History
Conflict and Tension between East & West, 1945-1972

The development of the Cold War
The significance of events in Asia for super power relations
Military rivalries
The Thaw

AQA GCSE History

Half Term 6


Why was Charles I executed? Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?
Investigation-: What started the Great Fire of London & why was it so catastrophic?

How did Hitler come to power?
How were Jews discriminated against in Nazi Germany?
What was ghettoization?
What was the Final Solution?
How successful was resistance towards the Holocaust?

Public Health
How smelly were the middle ages?
Urbanisation- an epidemic waiting happen?
What was the Great Stink?
What were the Liberal Reforms?
How far has the NHS saved the day in the History of medicine?

AQA GCSE History
Conflict and Tension between East & West, 1945-1972

Transformations of the Cold War
Tensions over Cuba
Easing Tension



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