Welcome to the History Department
Year 7
WEEK Skills: Using evidence/ Source analysis
 September 7th What is History
Sep-14 Chronology and Timelines
Sep-21 Looking at sources of Evidence
Sep-28 Humanities Baseline assessment
Oct-05 Using Evidence: Tolland Man
Oct-12 Tolland Man
Oct-19 Tolland Man Presentations
Oct-26 Half term
Tues 3 Nov Skeletons Assessment Preparation
Nov-09 Skeletons Assessment Preparation
Nov-16 Skeletons Assessment
Nov-23 Medicine Theme: Ancient Medicine
Nov-30 Ancient Medicine
Dec-07 Causes and Cures
Dec-14 Christmas Traditions
WEEK Skills: Explanation/ PEE
Jan-04 The Romans: Who were the Romans?
Jan-11 Why did the Romans invade Britain?
Jan-18 What have the Romans done for us? (Project)
Jan-25 What have the Romans done for us? (Project)
Feb-01 Theme: Roman Medicine/ Public Health
Feb-08 Explain how the Romans improved public health  Assessment
Feb-15 Half Term
Feb-22 Cornish History (link to Romans)
Feb-29 Cross curricular link with Food Tech (making pasties)
Mar-07 St Piran’s Day (5th March)
Easter Holidays
WEEK Skills: Essay writing/ Causation
Apr-11 1066: Contenders
Apr-18 Contenders Hustings
Apr-25 Battle of Stamford Bridge
May-02 Why did William win the Battle of Hastings
May-09 Why did William win the Battle of Hastings Assessment (Luck or skill)
May-16 How did William keep control
May-23 Castles/ Life in the Middle Ages
May-30 Half Term
Jun-06 Life in the Middle Ages
Jun-13 Castles Day/ Shields
Jun-20 Theme: Medieval Medicine
Jun-27 Comparison of Roman Medicine and Medieval Medicine
Jul-04 Activities Week
Jul-11 The plague (New Timetable)
Jul-18 The plague
Summer Holidays
Year 8
WEEK Skills:Source Interpretation
 September 7th Tudors: Family tree
Sep-14 Religious Rollercoaster
Sep-21 Religious Rollercoaster
Sep-28 Break with Rome
Oct-05 Bloody Mary
Oct-12 Bloody Mary Assessment
Oct-19 Self Assessment/ Improvements
Oct-26 Half term
Tues 3 Nov Elizabethan England:  Problems that Elizabeth faced
Nov-09 Problems that Elizabeth faced
Nov-16 Spanish Armada
Nov-23 Spanish Armada
Nov-30 Medicine Theme: Tudor and Elizabethan Medicine
Dec-07 Tudors and Elizabethan Medicine
Dec-14 Elizabethan Christmas/ Golden Age
WEEK Skills: Causation/ Factors/Justification
Jan-04 Stuarts: Causes of the English Civil War
Jan-11 Causes of English Civil war
Jan-18 Causes of English Civil war Assessment
Jan-25 Impact of Civil War: Local History Focus (Great Potheridge/ Battle of Polson Bridge
Feb-01 Medicine Theme: Why did people believe in witch craft?
Feb-08 Medicine Theme: Why did people believe in witch craft?
Feb-15 Half Term
Feb-22 What were the causes of the Industrial Revolution?
Feb-29 The Great Industrialists
Mar-07 What impact did the Industrial Revolution have on England? The Great Stink
Mar-14 Court of King Cholera
Mar-21 Medicine Theme: 19th Century medicine
Easter Holidays
WEEK Skills: Interpretation/ factors/causation
Apr-11 What was the Trade Triangle?
Apr-18 The capture/ Middle Passage
Apr-25 Slave auctions/Life on the plantations
May-02 Why was slavery abolished?
May-09 Arguments For and against the abolition of slavery
May-16 Why was slavery abolished? Assessment
May-23 Self Assessment/Improvements
May-30 Half Term
Jun-06 Jack the Ripper Project
Jun-13 Jack the Ripper Project
Jun-20 Jack the Ripper Project
Jun-27 Jack the Ripper Project
Jul-04 Activities Week
Jul-11 New Timetable: 20th Century World
Jul-18 20th Century World
Summer Holidays


Year 9
WEEK Skills:Interpretation/ PEE/ Justification/ analysing sources
 September 7th Changing Role of Women:   What was women position in society in 1900? Why did it change? Who were the suffragettes?
Sep-14 Who were the suffragettes/ Suffragists? What tactics did they use?
Sep-21 What was the difference between the suffragettes and suffragists?
Sep-28 Was Emily Davison a menace or a martyr?
Oct-05 Was Emily Davison a menace or a matryr? Optional Assessment
Oct-12 Causes of WW1
Oct-19 Causes of WW1/ Changing role of Women
Oct-26 Half term
Tues 3 Nov Conscription/ propaganda                                                                                                                                                                                        What impact did WW1 have on the changing role of women?
Nov-09 What was life like in the trenches? Letters home/ censorship
Nov-16 Conditions in the trenches/ Source evaluation (assessment opportunity
Nov-23 Conditions in the trenches/ Source evaluation (Assessment opportunity)
Nov-30 Medicine Theme: Development of medicine during WW1
Dec-07 Xmas Truce
Dec-14 Xmas Truce
WEEK Skills:Interpretation/ source analysis
Jan-04 What were the terms of the Treaty of Versailles
 Jan 11 What role did the League of Nations play?
Jan-18 Rise of Dicatators: Communism V Facism
Jan-25 Hitler’s rise to power (timeline)
Feb-01 Life in Nazi Germany (Propaganda/Women/ Hitler Youth/Work)
Feb-08 Life in Nazi Germany (Terror/ SS/Holocaust)
Feb-15 Half Term
Feb-22 What were the causes of World War Two? Hitler’s foreign policy
Feb-29 What were the causes of World War Two?  failure of Appeasement
Mar-07 Key turning points in WW2: Was Dunkirk a success or a failure
Mar-14 Assessment: Was Dunkirk a success or a failure?
Mar-21 Self assessment/ opportunity to improve
Easter Holidays
WEEK Skills:Justification/ historical Interpretation
Apr-11 Britain and the Blitz: Home Front Project: What was the impact of the Blitz?
Apr-18 Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?
Apr-25 Family History/ Home Front Project
May-02 Family History/ Home Front Project
May-09 Link back to Life in Nazi Germany: Comparison of German prospective: German Home Front
May-16 How did the war in Europe end?
May-23 Liberation of the camps: Impact of the Holocaust
May-30 Half Term
Jun-06 How did the war in the Pacific end? Pearl Harbour
Jun-13 Atomic bomb
Jun-20 Assessment:Was the dropping of the atomic bomb justified?
Jun-27 Post war Europe: Medicine Theme: development of NHS/ 20th Century Medicine
Jul-04 Activities Week
Jul-11 New Timetable: Start of new GCSE
Jul-18 .
Summer Holidays


Year 10
WEEK Unit 1: The Origins of the First World War
W 3-5 Sept Key Issue: Why were there two armed camps in Europe in 1914? Development of Alliances: Triple Alliance, Entente Cordial, Anglo-Russian Agreement. Britain’s emergence from Splendid Isolation
W8-12 Sept KaiserWilhelm’s aims in Foreign policy: ‘Weltpolitik’: ‘A place in the sun’, attitudes towards Britain. Arms Race/ Naval race
W15-19 Sept Morrocan Crisis of 1905 and 1911 and their effects on the alliances/ Bosnian Wars (x2)
W22-26 Sept Key Issue: Why did War break out in 1914? Black Hand/ Ao war. The ssassination at Sarajevo/ Role of the alliances in the lead up to the war/ The Schlieffen Plan and the escalaton of the conflict
W29-3 Oct Overview of key causes and identifying responsibility for the outbreak of the war.
W6-10 Oct Revision of Unit/ Knowledge Test/ Preparation for End of Unit test/ Catch up to assessment point
W13-17  Asst point 1 End of Unt Test / Exam skills. MODERATION/ Discuss Predicted grades/Update database
W20-23 Oct Feedback/ peer assessment/ Reflection on results/ Introduce Unit 2.1 (reading/ prep over half term
W3-7 Nov Overview and introduce Unit 1.2: Peacemaking 1918-1919 and the League of Nations. Key Issue: How did the Treaty of Versailles establish peace? Aims of the Big 3 and the Paris Peace Conferance
W10-14 Nov Main terms of the Treaty of Versailles: Diktat( LAMB).
W17-21 Nov Strengths and weaknesses of the Treaty/ German response to the Treaty
W24-28 Nov Key Issue: Why did the League of Nations fail in its aim to keep peace? Formation of the L of N/ Membership 1919-1939/ Why and how it changed/ implications of the L of N.
W1-5 Dec Organisation/ powers and peace keeping role of the L of N. Powers of the L of N / Weaknesses of the L of N.
W8-12 Dec he Manchurian Crisis 1931-33/ Events/ action taken by the League/ Effect on the League as a peacekeeping force
W15-19 Dec The Abyssinian Crisis 1935-1936: events/ action taken by the League; Effect on the League as a peacekeeping force. Students start revising for knowledge test
WEEK End of Unit 1.2/ Start Unit 1.3: Hitler’s Foreign policy and origins of WW2
W5-9 Jan Review Unit 1.2. Knowledge Test/ Exam skills. Revision for End of Unit Test. Go through PLC
W12-16 Jan: Assessment Point 2 End of Unit Test / Exam skills. MODERATION/ Discuss Predicted grades/Update database
W19-23 Jan Start Unit 1:3: Key Issue: How dd Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles 1933-March 1938? Hitler’s aims in Foreign policy/ Rearmament/ Conscription/Withdrawal from the Disarmament Conferance1933/
W26-30 Jan  Pact with Poland 1934/ Reintroduction of conscription 1935/The return of the Saar, 1935/ Anglo-German Naval Agreement 1935
W2-6 Feb The remilitarisation of the Rhineland 1936/ Anschluss with Austria 1938/ Appeasement
W9-12 Feb Key Issue: Why did Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement fail to prevent the outbreak of war in 1939? Reasons for and against appeasement (debate?)
HT Half term
W23-27 Feb The Sudenten Crisis and the Munich Agreement, 1938. The collapse of Czechoslovakia, March 1939
W2-6 Mar Battlefields Trip
W9-13Mar: The role of the USSR 1938-1939: The Nazi Soviet Pact: Poland and the outbreak of war/ Who was responsible for the outbreak of WW2?
W16-20 Mar End of Unit Test / Exam skills. MODERATION/ Discuss Predicted grades/Update database
23rd Mar Controlled Assessment: Start Preparation for the Controlled Assessment.Students do reading/research over the Easter break
W15-17Apr Preparation for Q 1
W20-25 Apr Preparation for Q 1
W27-1 May Preparation for Q 1
W5-8 May Students start to write up Q 1
W11-15May Students start to write up Q 1
W18-22May Finish Q 1Preparation for Q2/ Reading over the holidays
HT Half term
W1-5 June Preparation for Q2
W8-12 June Preparation for Q2
W15-19 June Preparation for Q2
W22-26 June Preparation for Q2
W29-3 July Activities week
W6-10 July New timetable : Students write up Q2
W13-17 July Students write up Q2
Year 11
WEEK Unit 2: 20th Century Depth Study: Core skills: causation and consequence/ source evaluation/ analysing different interpretations
W 3-5 Sept Start Unit 2.3: The Roaring 20’s: USA 1919-1929: How did the USA achieve prosperity in the 1920s? Definition of Isolationism/Impact of isolationism
W8-12 Sept Why did the Americans bring in Higher tarifs after WW1: Emergency Tariff/ Fordney McCumber Tariff: Help or Hindrance?
W15-19 Sept What were the causes of the boom?: growth of motor industry/ Entertainment Industry/WW1/republican Policies/ new industries/ Cycle of prosperity
W22-26 Sept Did all Americans benefit from the boom? Divisions in society between rich and poor/ Impact of Immigration after WW1/ Immigration Laws: purpose and impact
W29-3 Oct What was the Red scare? Impact on attitudes towards immigrants/ Sacco and Vanzetti trial/ KKK
W6-10 Oct How and Why was Prohibition introduced? Impact of Prohibition on society/ organised crime. Why did Prohibition fail?
W13-17 Oct Why did the US stock exchange collapse in 1929? Causes and consequences on economy and society/ Cycle of depression
W20-23 Oct Finish Roaring 20’s: Exam Preparation/ Revision Skills/Exam Preparation/  PLC’s
W3-7 Nov: MOCKS Trial exams ? End of Unit Test / Exam skills. MODERATION/ Discuss Predicted grades/Update database
W10-14 Nov Start Unit 2.5: Hitler’s Germany, 1929-1941: Why was Hitler able to become Chancellor in January 1933? Impact of Wall St Crash/ Impact of the Depression/ Reasons for the growth of support of Nazi party (Appeal of Nazis/propaganda)
W17-21 Nov Appeal of the communist party/ aims of different political parties/ weaknesses of the Weimar Constitution: Analyse Hitler’s rise to power: Why was Hindenburg forced to offer Hitler the position of Chancellor?
W24-28 Nov Hitler’s consolidation of power: Importance of the Reichtag Fire (analyse theories and causes of Reichstag Fire)/ Election results of March 1933/Significance of the Enabling Act
W1-5 Dec How did Hitler remove political opposition? Night of the Long Knives/ Impat on SA/ Death of Hindenburg/ Use of the SS to remove political opposition: Establishment of a military dictatorship
W8-12 Dec: use trial exam to help inform predicted grades What methods did the Nazi use to control society? Control of churches/ education and youth organisations/ role of SS, the Gestapo and concentration camps.
W15-19 Dec To what extent did Germans benefit from Nazi rule in the 1930s? Hitler’s economic policy/ Employment/ preparation for war/ Evaluation of policies towards women/ Impact on culture/ racial persecution in 1930s: the Jews, gyspsies and other minority groups
Revise Germany and Roaring 20’s for end of Unit assessment
WEEK Start Unit  Race Relations in the USA, 1955–1968 Core skills: causation and consequence/ source evaluation/ analysing different interpretations
W5-9 Jan End of Unit exam on Hitler’s Germany and Roaring 20’s                                                                                                                               To what extent did racial inequality exist in the USA in the 1950s?                                                                     Segregation laws; attitudes in the Southern States; the Ku Klux Klan
W12-16 Jan What were the causes and consequences of  the Civil Rights Movement?                                                                                    Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955–1956.                                                                                 Brown versus Topeka Board of Education.
W19-23 Jan What were the causes and consequences of  the Civil Rights Movement?                                                                Little Rock High School,1957.                                                          Living standards for African Americans
W26-30 Jan How effective were the methods used by members of the Civil Rights Movement between 1961–1968?                                                 The Freedom Rides, 1961; Freedom Marches 1963; The Washington March, 1963.
W2-6 Feb How effective were the methods used by members of the Civil Rights Movement between 1961–1968?                             Black Power protests at the Mexico Olympics, 1968.
The Black Power movement in the 1960s.
W9-12 Feb How important was Martin Luther King in the fight for Civil Rights in the USA?                                                            His role as a protest organiser, 1955–1963.
• The Civil Rights Act, 1964.
• Winning the Nobel Peace Prize, 1964.
• Race Riots, 1965–1967.
• The assassination of Martin Luther King.
HT Half term (revise Race relations
W23-27 Feb Tidy up and finish Race Relations/ revise content/ exam style questions. End of unit  exam on Civil Rights
W2-6 Mar Start Revision programme: Use booklets to revise Unit 1 and Unit 2/ Mock papers/ track revision on VLE/ work with intervention/ PLC’s
W9-13Mar Revise Unit 1: Topic 1:The origins of the First World War
W16-20 Mar Revise Unit 1: Topic 2: Peacemaking 1918-1919 and the League of Nations
W23-27 Mar Revise Unit 1: Topic 3: Hitler’s Foreign policy and the origins of the Second World war:                           Set revision for a mock exam on Unit 1 after Easter
WEEK Revision
W15-17Apr Mock exam on Unit 1:                                               Revise Unit2.3: The Roaring 20’s
W20-25 Apr Revise Unit 2.5: Hitler’s Germany 1929-41
W27-1 May Revise Unit 2.8: The USA and Vietnam
W5-8 May Practise papers/ Revision/PLC’s
W11-15May Exams
HT Half term
Key Stage 5

Unit 1: Totalitarian Ideology in Theory and in Practice, c1848–c1941 HIS1N

To what extent were totalitarian states influenced by ideology?


This unit provides an overview of the development of totalitarian ideologies as they developed from the mid-nineteenth century and an opportunity to investigate three totalitarian regimes and the extent to which ideology shaped them. Candidates will study Marxism as it developed from the mid-nineteenth century and its application in the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1941. This study of a communist regime will be complemented by a study of non-communist totalitarian ideologies as developed from the late nineteenth century: the establishment and development of Fascism in Italy from 1919 to 1940 and the development of Nazism in Germany from 1928 to 1939. It is not intended that students will study all aspects of totalitarian regimes; rather there will be a focus on the key themes of the establishment of the regime and the extent to which the regime that developed was consistent with totalitarian ideology, with reference to the intolerance of diversity and the Cult of Personality.


The USSR and Marxism

• Marxist stage theory, including the dictatorship of the proletariat and how it was adapted by Lenin and Stalin

• The power struggle to replace Lenin, 1924–1929: strengths and weaknesses of Stalin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Bukharin; the role of ideology as it relates to the future of the revolution and the Soviet economy

• The intolerance of diversity in the 1930s, with reference to economic, political, religious and culturaldiversity, including the purges

• Marxist theories of leadership and the Cult of Stalin

Fascist Italy

• Fascist ideology, with reference to militarism, nationalism, corporatism, anti-communism and racism

• The rise of Fascism: the attraction of Fascist ideology, the role of Mussolini, the weakness of liberal Italy post-war, the fear of communism; the establishment of the one party state

• The intolerance of diversity with reference to political, economic, religious and cultural diversity

• Il Duce and the Cult of Mussolini in relation to Fascist ideology

Nazi Germany

• Nazi ideology, with reference to nationalism, socialism, race and anti-semitism and Volksgemeinschaft

• The rise to power of Hitler from 1928 to January 1933: the economic crisis in agriculture and industry, the attraction and strengths of the Nazis and Nazism, the failures of democracy and the role of the elite

• The establishment of dictatorship from January 1933 to the Army Oath of Loyalty

• The intolerance of diversity with reference to anti-semitism, the Roma, asocials and competing political ideologies

• The Fuhrer Myth and Nazi ideology, including the Fuhrerprinzip











Unit 2: The USA and Vietnam, 1961–1975 HIS2Q



This unit provides an opportunity to investigate the problems faced by the United States, both at home and

abroad, as a result of increasing involvement in Vietnam. It will cover the period from the inauguration of

President JF Kennedy to the fall of Saigon in 1975. Students will need to have a firm grasp of the chronology

of events both in Vietnam and the USA. They will also need to be aware of the Cold War context in which the

war was fought. The study of Vietnam focuses on the attempts by the USA to win the war and the problems

that were encountered in Vietnam and at home in trying to do so.



Wider Historical Context

In order to judge the extent of change across the period, candidates will need a broad understanding of the

historical context of the Cold War and in particular US involvement in Vietnam. There should be awareness

of the situation in South and North Vietnam following French withdrawal from colonial rule after 1954, of

the motives behind US policies towards Asia after the Communist revolution in China and the Korean War,

including the so-called ‘domino theory’.


The reasons for US involvement in Vietnam, 1961–1963

• The situation in Vietnam by 1961

• The context of the Cold War and the reasons why the Kennedy administration intervened to support South Vietnam

• The actions and policies of President Kennedy: the Strategic Hamlets programme

• The significance of the assassinations of President Diem and President Kennedy


Escalation of the US war effort, 1964–1968

• The personality and policies of President Johnson

• The Gulf of Tomkin Resolution and its impact

• The aims and objectives of the US army in Vietnam

• The mass bombing campaign


The crisis of the war, 1964–1968: Vietnam

• The Vietcong: leadership, tactics and effectiveness

• The failure of the US and its allies to win the hearts and minds of the people of South Vietnam

• The importance of logistical support from North Vietnam

• The Tet Offensive and its impact in Vietnam


The crisis of the war, 1964–1968: inside the USA

• The importance of television and the media in influencing public opinion

• Growing student protests, especially from 1966

• The impact of atrocities such as the My Lai Massacre

• The Tet Offensive and its impact in the USA

• Political divisions in the presidential campaigns of 1968


The end of the War, 1969–1975

• The aims and policies of Nixon and Kissinger, the Paris Peace negotiations and the failure to achieve a

lasting peace settlement

• The reasons for, and effects of, the widening of the war into Laos and Cambodia

• The impact on US policy of anti-war protests and the Watergate affair

• US withdrawal and the position of Vietnam in 1975