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History is all about stories. Every possible topic, idea and interest is represented in History. It is about understanding the world we live in today by reflecting on events and ideas of the past and inspiring curiosity in our students.

History encourages students to consider the wider world and the cultures and lives of those who have lived before. Students will examine how other cultures have had an impact on the development of ‘British’ culture. It enables students to comprehend the complexity of life and engage with different perspectives and experiences. Students are encouraged to show compassion for people, to empathise with decisions made in the past and understand the notions of right and wrong. History teaches students to ask perceptive questions, think critically and analytically, weigh evidence, consider arguments and reach judgements. It prepares students to be inquisitive, critical and play a proactive role, in an increasingly complex world. 

History at Crawshaw is a subject that aims to develop a curiosity about the past.  The curriculum we study allows students to get an insight into British and world history from the medieval times to the 20th Century. Events over time are studied to ensure a good preparation for GCSE, where we look at Health over time, interwar Europe, Weimar and Nazi Germany and Norman England. At A level, History continues to be a popular subject, and we aim to ensure that students enter University or the employment market with excellent communication skills, analytical confidence and a clear understanding of how the past might shape our future.

Joint Programme Leaders for History

  • Ella Hartley and Meg Preston

Subject Teachers 

  • Mrs Jane Wearing
  • Miss Jordan Moore
  • Mr Tim Toepritz

At Key Stage 3 History is taught for three hours a fortnight, at GCSE it is taught for five hours a fortnight and at Post-16, students receive nine hours a fortnight teaching as well as some guided independent study time.

KS3 History



POWER & THE PEOPLE: The development of kingship and parliament

The Year 7 curriculum begins with a transition module that introduces students to studying the discipline of History with a focus on key skills such as chronology, evidence and categorisation. We then studying Medieval and Early Modern England with a focus on how power has shifted from Anglo-Saxon and Norman England through the Medieval period to the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors.


POWER & PERSECUTION: The treatment of people

The Year 8 curriculum allows students to study wider world History. We consider wider world events through the lens of persecution and the treatment of different peoples. We begin by studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade, followed by the abolition movement and then transition into the civil rights movements of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries including African-American civil rights, women’s rights and the Suffragette movement and LGBT+ rights. In Term 3 we begin to look at life in the early 20th century and the First World War.


POWER & WAR: Conflict & Tension

The Year 9 curriculum allows students to study modern history and recent world events. This begins with the Interwar period following their study of the First World War at the end of Year 8, which includes peace-making, political ideologies and systems (including the Russian Revolution, Fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany) and the causes of the Second World War. This is then followed with a study of the Second World War and in-depth study of the Holocaust, which allows for comparison with the treatment of people module in Year 8. After Easter in Year 9 we begin to study the History GCSE to allow students a trial period to help guide their decision making when they choose their GCSE options and to support the transition from KS3 to KS4.


GCSE History


We study AQA History for GCSE. There are four modules we study in the two years at GCSE.

Module 1A: Period Study

Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

This study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Module 1B: Wider World Depth Study

Conflict and Tension: The Inter-War Years, 1918-1939

This study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states including the Great Powers. It focuses on the peace-making after the First World War and the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred.

Module 2A: Thematic Study

Britain: Health and the People, c.1000 to the Present Day

This study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the period in which they took place.

Module 2B: British Depth Study

Norman England, c.1066 to c.1100

This study allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The focus is on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

The GCSE specification can be found here:


Curriculum Downloads

Please click box to view KS4 Schemes of Work and Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 History - Curriculum Map(pdf)

Created January 2023

Year 7 History - Curriculum Map

Year 8 History - Curriculum Map(pdf)

Created January 2023

Year 8 History - Curriculum Map

Year 9 History - Curriculum Map(pdf)

Created January 2023

Year 9 History - Curriculum Map


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