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History at Oaks Park aims to inspire pupils' curiosity and promote a love of learning for History. Pupils are given chronological understanding of British history and encouraged to see links between History and other subjects.

In lessons students will be given an understanding of a broad range of historical concepts such as cause / consequence, change and chronology they will develop coherent and evaluative writing styles, value the importance of historical skills and concepts, and linking the skills to potential careers. Help students put current events into context


Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Who was in charge in the Middle Ages to the Stuart period? 

How important was the Church?

To what extent were the Roman and British Empires different? 

Why was slavery abolished?

How did industrialisation change Britain? 

What were the causes of the First World War?

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What caused WWII?

Why did dictatorship thrive in 20th century Europe?

Why did genocides occur in the 20th century?

What was the Holocaust?

How has Britain changed since WWII? 

What has been the impact of immigration, the welfare state and terrorism?



Students will complete regularly assessed pieces of work. They will complete extended writing tasks which give them the opportunity to explain both sides of a historical debate and then argue to a conclusion. Students will have the opportunity to act on their targets and make improvements.

How can parents support?

Students will receive either a homework booklet with weekly revision tasks to prepare for their in-class knowledge tests or a homework project to complete depending on the unit of study. Parents can help students carry out additional research. Reading around the topic is strongly recommended (we can provide reading lists) as are visits to the many museums in London to develop a strong interest in History.


Exam Board: EDEXCEL

What will I be studying?

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain, 1000 – present and Whitechapel 1870 – 1900

  • Trial by ordeal in the Middle Ages

  • The witch trials of the sixteenth century

  • The ‘Bloody Code’

  • Jack the Ripper

Paper 2: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060 – 88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 – 91

  • The Battle of Hastings

  • William I’s changes

  • US-Soviet relationship

  • Arms race

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

  • Treaty of Versailles

  • Problems after WW1

  • Rise of the Nazis

  • Life in Nazi Germany


Paper 1: source and knowledge questions                   1 hour 15 minutes                    Mark: 30%

Paper 2: knowledge questions                                       1 hour 45 minutes                    Mark: 40%

Paper 3: source and knowledge questions                   1 hour 20 minutes                    Mark: 30%

What resources will I be using?

Official texts:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–1087 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 Student Book

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1939 Student Book

Will there be any trips?

  • Visit to the London Dungeons and Whitechapel

  • Residential trip to Germany

What skills will I learn?

  • Gathering and processing different types of information

  • Communicating clearly and expressing yourself verbally and on paper

  • Presenting balanced arguments, backed up by evidence

What careers might History be useful for?

A wide range, because the skills mentioned above can be applied to many professions. For example:

  • Journalism

  • Broadcasting

  • Conservation work

  • Various types of research

  • University/school teaching

  • Law

  • Museums

  • Politics

  • Design

  • Civil Service

  • Publishing