Welcome to the History Department

History is taught to all Year 7 and Year 8 students. In Year 7 students start by looking at England in 1066 and examine the impact of the Norman Conquest. One popular activity that they do during this time is to make their own Norman castle. We then study the Tudors, with particular emphasis on Queen Elizabeth I. Students examine the problems that Elizabeth faced and look at how she dealt with these problems. In Year 8 the main topics of study are the English Civil War, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and WWI.

History continues to be a very popular choice at GCSE, with Pupils taking 2 exams at the end of Year 11. The two topics on Paper 1 are Conflict and Tension 1918-1939 and Germany 1890-1945, with Year 11 pupils having the opportunity to go to see a play called Hitler on Trial, where they have to use their knowledge of the topic to make decisions about Adolf Hitler. On Paper 2, the two topics are Norman England 1066-1100 and Britain, Power and the People. The latter topic is a theme study covering nearly 1000 years of British History and looks at how Britain has developed into the country that it is now. The History department has run trips to France (WWII), Belgium (WWI), Poland (Auschwitz) and the USA (New York) in recent years.

Mr Anthony Curtis
Head of History

Meet the Team

Mr A Curtis

Head of History

Miss C Baran


Mr N Kirby


Miss D Puddepha


Subject Information

History at Salendine Nook is taught by a team of experienced History teachers and is a very popular subject, with many pupils opting to do History at GCSE. As well as learning the content students are also taught History skills such as using sources and interpretations and checking them for bias. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods and pupils are given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in various ways. The History department have been at the forefront of offering trips and in recent years pupils have been offered the opportunity to visit the WWI battlefields in Belgium and France, the site of the WWII D Day landings in Normandy (France), Krakow in Poland (including a visit to Auschwitz concentration camp) and New York.

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have 3 History lessons every 2 weeks. In Year 7 pupils are taught in sets and in Year 8 they are currently taught in mixed ability form groups.

Year 7 topics include

  • England before 1066
  • The Norman Invasion and the battles of 1066
  • Norman consolidation of power (Castles, Feudal System, Domesday Book)
  • The Tudors
  • Elizabeth I depth study

Year 8 topics include:

  • The English Civil War and the death of Charles I
  • England under the rule of Oliver Cromwell
  • The transatlantic slave trade
  • The Industrial Revolution – with a focus on factory children and children in the mines
  • WWI
  • Aspects of 20th Century History

Year 9

Pupils who opt for GCSE History will have 5 lessons of History over the two week timetable. At the beginning of Year 9 pupils will start by looking at what we mean by terms such as democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, Communism, Capitalism etc. Case studies will be used to help them to understand these terms. Pupils will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and to start to use terms such as left wing and right wing when describing political beliefs, including their own. Once this introductory unit of work has been completed we will start the actual GCSE in Year 9.

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