Curriculum Intent 

At CHS we believe History should be an ENJOYable subject which fires students' curiosity and imagination and inspires them to engage with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

History is an essential part of the curriculum from year 7 to 13. The subject aims to provide students with a good understanding of societies at a local, national and international level thus enabling them to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events.

To achieve this we aim to provide an inclusive curriculum that represents our school community, allowing all our pupils to develop a better understanding of their place in our world, through gaining an understanding of their own cultural capital. 

History at CHS ENDEAVOURS to be ambitious and motivating. Ambitious in its coverage of history and thorough teaching of historical skills and concepts; motivating through engaging activities, trips and visits that give all students an opportunity to question the past.

It will prepare students for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that allows them to EXCEL in adult life.

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Ks3 journey Ks4 journey



Programmes of Study

Year7 Year8 Year9
Ks3   KS4


The new KS3 now looks at migration and what makes us British, we look at the changing nature of different groups in society, an important part of this looking at the cultures and customs of different people around the world and the impact we have had on them and migrants have had on Britain. Students are encouraged to view cultural change with interest and understanding, so not to see the difference as odd and strange.

Aspiration is a key part of History teaching with all students encouraged to meet their targets and then exceed them, they are able to study how the lack of education in the past limited their freedoms. In recent years students have gone on to study at Russell Group Universities from studying History at A-level.

Starter activities are used each lesson to recap previous learning, at KS4 these are exam questions, in Year 11 these are questions that cover Year 10 content. KS3 have 2 assessments per topic with lessons in revision and technique, these are then reviewed by the students. At KS4 students have regular exam practice with lesson time provided for retrieval practice with students writing flashcards. Students practice spaced retrieval practice, with mind mapping and past papers. Mind mapping is also used for dual coding, combing both words and visuals for quicker and stronger recall. At GCSE students are encouraged to create a learning/revision timetable using the interleaved practice.  They should choose topics that are similar and related either from the same subject or a different one. As the students move from one topic to the next, they are asked to find the links, similarities and differences between them.

Links to the National Curriculum

History National Curriculum Key Stage 3

Term Covered

Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

Note - Entire British element of curriculum is aimed at establishing coherent, chronological narrative. British units include: Medieval Britain, Making of the UK, Industrial Revolution and Britain in the 20th Century Year 7-9

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world:

 the nature of ancient civilisations;

 the expansion and dissolution of empires; 

characteristic features of past non-European societies; 

achievements and follies of mankind

Year 7 -  Migration overview from Romans to present - term 1

Year 8 - Growth of British empire and impact

Year 8 - revolutions America and France

Year 9 - USA in the 1920s

Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

Covered across all terms

Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

Specific themes:

Continuity and change

Cause and consequence


Covered across all terms


Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

Covered across all terms but with specific reference in: Year 7 Battle of Hastings, ‘Bloody Mary’ Year 8  abolition of slavery, Empire.Year 9  Haig, The atomic bomb

Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between aspects below:

Local/ regional


International history

Cultural, religious and social




Short timescale

Long timescale

Covered across all terms.

Role of  Monarchy, Government, Parliament over time and growth of democracy - franchise

Links to Rome, France, USA 

Reformation, Bill of Rights, Holocaust. Health, crime and punishment, living standards, technology, medicine
Trade - Migration, empire, the industrial revolution, WW1

Battles - Hastings, Civil war, World War 1 and 2, Cuban, space race, Cold War

Monarchs, parliament, revolution, civil war, dictators, democracy, communism

Trigger events - Black Death, revolution

Democracy and development of government


The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 to include: 

The medieval Church and the Crusades

The role of monasteries

The Abrahamic faiths

Year 7

The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745 to include:

The break with Rome and the Henrician Reformation 

The Marian Counter-Reformation

The division between Protestantism and Catholicism

The English Civil War

The Interregnum 

The Restoration

The Glorious Revolution

Year  7 and 8

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 to include:

The Power of Kings and government

The Industrial Revolution 

The British Empire

Year 8

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. In addition to studying the Holocaust, this could include:

The Inter-war Years 

World War One

20th Century Dictators

Year 9

A local history study

Year 7-9

The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066

Year 7 - Anglo Saxons

At least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments USA: The Roaring 20s

USA: The Civil Rights Movement


Year 8 and Year 9