History Curriculum

Introduction to the Subject 


At Bolingbroke Academy we aim to making history meaningful for all pupils.  History is alive and all around us - a living, breathing subject. It is important that our pupils learn about local, national and global history so that they become informed citizens.  History encourages the development of skills of enquiry, independent thought, analysis and critical thinking.


Bolingbroke pupils will do this by:


•  Learning about the past in Britain and the wider world

•  Considering how past influences the present

•  Finding out about what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions.

•  Developing a chronological framework

•  Seeing the diversity of human experienced and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society

•  Reflecting on their personal choices, attitudes and values

•  Using evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions

•  Researching, sift through evidence and argue a point of view.


The vision for the Humanities department : Humanities Vision

Year 7: Aims      


All year 7 pupils are taught to confidently use and interpret evidence, from different historical sources. They develop their descriptive, explanatory and analytical skills, through a variety of interesting and relevant topics.

Year 7: Content      


Developing History Skills – What is History?

  • Understanding Chronology – key ways of organising time (BC and AD)
  • Naming of the centuries
  • Different types of evidence – spoken, physical and written
  • Different types of sources – primary and secondary sources
  • Understanding bias – identifying bias in different sources.


1066 and the Battle of Hastings. Did everything change?

  • Contenders to be King – assessing the legitimacy of the contenders for the throne in 1066.
  • What happened in the Battle of Hastings?
  • What happened after the Battle of Hastings?
  • How did King William maintain control of Britain?
  • The Harrying of the North
  • The Doomesday Book
  • Defending territory: Motte and Bailey Castles
  • How effective were castles?


Medieval Life and the Black Death:

  • What was life like in medieval England?
  • The Feudal System and village life
  • How important was the Church?
  • What was the Black Death?
  • Why did it happen?
  • What was the impact of the Black Death?


Could the power of the king be challenged?

  • Thomas Becket
  • King John
  • Edward I
  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • The Crusades


Year 7: Assessment      


Pupils are assessed throughout the year in order to closely monitor their progress. At the end of each term they complete a formal, levelled assessment, and at the end of each half term they are given a teacher-assessed level. Pupils will be assessed through extended writing and source analysis questions.

Pupils will also complete multiple choice knowledge quizzes to test their knowledge and understanding of key dates, events and people.

Year 7: Teaching     



2 hours per week.


Year 8: Aims      


Year 8 pupils build on the attainment of Year 7, developing a wider knowledge of key events in History. Pupils look at History changing from early modern to a modern Britain. They practice their analytical and explanation skills, as well as widening their knowledge of a variety of key historical topics.

Year 8: Content      


The Tudors and the Stuarts

  • Religion and Henry VIII
  • The Reformation and Edward VI
  • Religious divisions: Mary I and Elizabeth I
  • Life in Elizabethan Britain – marriage, power and poverty
  • The role of Religion in the English Civil War
  • The Divine Right of Kings: Charles I
  • The causes of the Civil War
  • The Major Events of the Civil War
  • The impact of the Civil War on England and Religion: Oliver Cromwell
  • Catholicism and the Glorious Revolution


The Making of Modern Britain

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Riots and the Industrial Revolution
  • The Victorian Middle Classes
  • Creation of a police force – law and order in Victorian London


 The Impact of Empire

  • Africa before the slave trade
  • The development of the slave trade
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • The Scramble for Africa and its impact
  • India – from colonisation to partition and independence
  • Interpretations of Empire
Year 8: Assessment      


Pupils are assessed in a similar way to Year 7, with formal assessments at the end of each term, and a teacher level at the end of each half term. We ensure that a variety of assessment styles are used, such as presentations based on individual and group research, extended writing, and structured GCSE style question papers.

Pupils will also complete multiple choice knowledge quizzes to test their knowledge and understanding of key dates, events and people.

Year 9: Aims      


The Year 9 curriculum has been planned to best prepare our pupils for study at GCSE.   Year 9 pupils build on the attainment of Years 7 and 8, in particular focusing on explanation and evaluation of key information. There is a strong emphasis on group work, presentations skills, and being able to effectively justify and support their own opinions on key topics.

Year 9: Content      


The Fight for Equal Rights

  • Immigration from the Commonwealth to the UK
  • Political reform in the 19th century
  • Votes for Women
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Apartheid in South Africa


How has conflict affected people’s lives in the Twentieth Century?

  • World War I
  • The experience of Trench Warfare
  • ‘The war to end all wars’ – why wasn’t it?


How has conflict affected people’s lives in the Twentieth Century?

The causes of WWII

  • Treaty of Versailles
  • League of Nations
  • Democracy and dictatorship
  • The Rise of Hitler in Germany and Stalin in Russia
  • The Road to War
  • World War II
  • How war impacted upon the lives of civilians - the Blitz, Dresden and Hiroshima
  • The Cold War - Berlin, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam


Genocide: Causes and consequences

  • The Holocaust
  • The Rwandan Genocide
  • Darfur
Year 9: Assessment      


Year 9 will be assessed in a variety of ways – through written classwork, essays, individual and group presentations, and formal GCSE style written examinations.


Year 9: Teaching      


2 hours per week by a History specialist.


Year 9: Further information     



Bolingbroke History Society:

Bolingbroke History Society will give your son/daughter the opportunity to extend their knowledge of world history. The enrichment programme will allow students to engage in current historical research, participate in seminars and debates. The sessions will be delivered in partnership with Kings College, University of London.


Pupils will be fortunate to learn from current undergraduate and post-graduate students who study History at university. Bolingbroke History Society will provide your son/daughter to learn more about aspects of history that are not covered in the school curriculum and will be able to choose what is researched and discussed each week.


School Trips:

History rewards trips, for effort and presentation, will take place for most year groups from September 2015.


  • Year 7: Museum of London
  • Year 8: Museum of London
  • Year 9: Imperial War Museum


There will also be the opportunity for Year 9 students to visit France and Belgium for one day. Pupils will visit the WW1 Battlefields, walk in the trenches and visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres and the Menin Gate.


For those students who opt to take History at GCSE, there will be the opportunity to visit Berlin for 5 days in the summer term, at the end of Year 10.