Crispin School


The purpose of our history curriculum is to create inquisitive and rounded historians that constantly seek further understanding of the world around them. We incorporate a range of local history to ensure pupils can experience first-hand the captivating stories of our local area.

There is undoubtedly aspects of our curriculum that challenge pupils to consider the uncomfortable aspects of spiritual, moral and cultural importance of the topics we study; also engaging students to debate the requirements of fully understanding the complexities that history has to offer.

Through the use of engaging lessons, our department thrive on exploring the past with the present and frequently use the rigorous concepts (cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance) to build their knowledge and develop their analytical thinking.

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Our department encourages the use of a range of transferable skills.  These are practiced regularly by analysing information, evaluating usefulness and developing a fluent argument based style of writing.  The range of topics and skills we offer ensures that we are a popular and successful options subject at GCSE.

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Key Stage 3

The programme we provide at Key Stage 3 helps students to explore ideas such as cause and consequence, chronology, significance, interpretation and knowledge and understanding.  Each topic will use one or more of these ideas to challenge students' thinking and reasoning.

Edexcel History GCSE

Below is a summary of the enquiries explored throughout the year for each year group.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • What can Nursey Rhymes tell us about history through time?
  • How much did the Norman Conquest change England?
  • How positive was the Black Death for the people of England?
  • Why were the peasants angry enough to die in 1381?
  • Who was the most significant ‘gangster’ Tudor?
  • How real were witches in the 17th century?
  • What caused the king to be beheaded?
  • Intro to the Force of Empire: What was the British Empire?
  • How important was the Industrial Revolution?
  • What made Africa, Africa? A study of the kingdoms of Mali and Benin
  • What was the Transatlantic slave trade?
  • To what extent was the Plains Indians way of life destroyed?
  • India: The British Empire is the greatest tool for good the world has ever seen?
  • How significant were the Suffragettes in gaining the votes for women?
  • What impact has migration had on modern day Britain?
  • How did the Russian people overthrow the Tsarist Regime?
  • What do whistles, bullets and jelly babies have in common? A study of the First World War.
  • How did Hitler control Germany?
  • How could the world allow another World War? A study of World War II.
  • What was the Holocaust?
  • How important is the issue of apartheid?

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students will learn about each subject area using a variety of learning styles such as problem solving, analysis and evaluation, questioning and knowledge development.  Transition to Key Stage 4 is helped by the fact that students start to build on the skills already embedded during Years 7 and 8.  Support is also provided through exam revision sessions during Year 11 and the use of revision guides recommended to students.

Year 11 will be examined in the following units from the Edexcel History 9-1 course:

  • Medicine through time c1250 - present and British Sector of the Western Front.
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991.
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 88.
  • The USA, 1954 - 75: conflict at home and abroad.

Students will only be taking exams at the end of the two year course in May/June. This subject is split into 3 papers of different weightings:

  • Paper 1 (30%): Warfare and British society and London and the Second World War.
  • Paper 2 (40%): Superpower relations and the Cold War, and Early Elizabethan England.
  • Paper 3 (30%): The USA: Conflict at home and abroad.

Last Updated: October 2023

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