At The Turing School, our history curriculum plays a vital role in equipping students with cultural capital and historical knowledge to comprehend their position in the world and understand the similarities and differences of human experiences across time and place. Our curriculum delves into the past to instil in students a sense of inquisitiveness and respect towards diverse individuals, groups, and nations, while also providing a historical perspective that can help contextualise present-day events.
Our history curriculum encourages students to think critically, make connections, and create structured narratives, all of which are essential skills for success as learners and members of society. By studying history, we aim to foster self-assured, independent, kind, and content individuals who are enthusiastic about learning and capable of transcending their own limitations.
In this subject students build a sound chronology of history through a knowledge rich curriculum that supports students to understand key themes and concepts such as government, religion, conflict and society. Through the curriculum, students will be encouraged to see the patterns that the past creates, analysing how the themes and concepts mean different things at different times. In doing so, students can better explain the world around them today while developing skills that help them to communicate their explanations, arguments, and judgements of the past. Students also examine historic evidence critically, using their knowledge to examine evidence for usefulness and in historical enquiry.
The curriculum is shaped in this way with a broad range of topics at KS3 ranging from Iron Age through to 20th Century to allow students to have a firm grasp of the breadth and reach of history. We have also chosen topics that are relevant to the units studied at GCSE to allow students to build on previous learning. They are assessed using the skills needed at GCSE to build a structure and confidence allowing students to achieve in Year 11.
Our students should leave school with knowledge of a broad sweep of history and some of the crucial points in it. They will know more about their local area and how it relates to national and international events. They will have broad knowledge of culture, where it came from, how it developed and how the world came to be what it is today.
Term 1 - Iron Age Britain
Examining pre-1066 Britain and the impact of the Romans on people who lived and worked there.
Term 2 - The Norman Conquest
Examination of what led to the Invasion of England in 1066 and the actions taken by William afterwards
Term 3 - The Medieval Church
Focus on the Structure, importance and effect of medieval religion, including the murder of Thomas Becket.
Term 4 - The Crusades
Exploration of the motives behind the crusades and their impact on England
Term 5 - The Black Death
A study of the bubonic plague epidemics of the 1300s. Examining all aspects of the disease and drawing comparison to modern day
Term 6 - The Peasants Revolt
Close up exploration of the Peasants Revolt and how the balance of power has shifted over time
Term 1 - The Tudors
Exploration of the Tudor monarchs and their impact on Britain
Term 2 - Life for ordinary people during the Tudor era
Focusing on the lives and experiences of the population during the Tudor times
Term 3 - Slavery
Understanding the origins, mechanics, experiences and legacy of the Slave Trade, with links to modern day representations
Term 4 - British Empire
Study of the development of the British Empire, a case study of India and making a judgement on the British Empire
Term 5 - Industrial revolution
A look at developments in all aspects of British life during the industrial revolution, including mining, farming, populations, transport, culture and politics
Term 6 - Jack the Ripper
Examining all aspects of the Jack the Ripper case – the victims, policing, suspects and modern theories
Term 1 - The Suffragettes
Comparison of Suffragist and Suffragette tactics, as well as in-depth look at Emily Wilding Davison.
Term 2 - World War 1
Trench conditions, battles and weaponry with added focus on other fronts and experiences of Empire soldiers.
Term 3 - World War 2
In-depth study of WW2 using the leadership of Winston Churchill to evaluate success
Term 4 - The Holocaust
Looking at the Holocaust in all aspects and evaluating the utility of diary sources
Term 5 - Power to the People
Examining how and why different marginalised groups organised to create positive change.
Term 6 - Introduction to the GCSE
Overview of GCSE course and setting out expectations for the years ahead.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three externally examined papers.
The total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology (SPaG).
Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.
Total Mark: 52
Exam time: 1h 15
Historic Environment: “The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250- Present
Total Marks: 64
Exam time: 1h 45
Period Study: The American West c1835- C1895
British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
Total Marks: 52
Exam time: 1h 20
Modern Depth Study: America at Home and Abroad – Civil Rights
Modern Depth Study: America at Home and Abroad – Vietnam
In terms 1&2 students will be studying Paper 2 Section B, British Depth Study:
Early Elizabethan. England, 1558-88. This includes Queen, government, and religion, 1558–69, Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88, Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88.
In terms 3&4 students will be studying Paper 3 Section A Modern Depth Study:
America at Home and Abroad – Civil Rights. This includes The development of the civil rights movement, 1954–60, Protest, progress, and radicalism, 1960–75, US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954–75, Reactions to, and the end of, US involvement in Vietnam, 1964–75.
In terms 5&6 students will be studying Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present. This includes Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present, c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in
England, c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.
In terms 1&2 students will study Paper 1 Section B Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250-Present and Paper 1 Section Historic Environment: The British
Section of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
In terms 3 students will study Paper 2 Section A, Period Study: The American West c1835-c1895
In term 4&5 students will be revising and practicing for the GCSE.
KS3 - 2 extended learning projects per year
KS4 - Weekly homework focusing on either exam questions or revision
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Careers and Enrichment
The Higher Education Statistics Agency says that only 7.8% of history graduates were unemployed, whilst 57.3% were in full-time work. A significant 21% went on to further study.
Some job options if you study History:
“Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that history students develop”