At St. Peter’s Academy, we have the following aims through studying History.

  • To develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of what it means to be human.
  • To understand the importance of our society, including upholding British values and appreciating the importance and values of other international communities.
  • To develop knowledge of chronology through which learners can organize their understanding of historical events.
  • To understand the nature of evidence by emphasizing history as a process of enquiry and through developing learners’ skills, such as analysis and evaluation.
  • To distinguish between historical facts and interpretation of those facts, ensuring an appreciation of how people living at the time viewed certain events and how this can differ from those writing retrospectively.
  • To contribute to PSHE and SMSC by developing certain attitudes and values: for example, a respect for evidence and the importance of listening to alternative perspectives.
  • To enable pupils to communicate clearly, employing a wide range of media and development of literacy skills.

Curriculum Content

Across KS3, students explore a wide range of topics, including –

Year Seven

  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • Life in the middle Ages.
  • Monarchy and Power

Year Eight

  • Industrial Revolution.
  • The Titanic.
  • World War One.
  • The Holocaust

At KS4, students will study a curriculum from the EDUQAS exam board. This consists of 2 2hour exams in the following subject areas:

  • Germany in Transition: 1919-1939
  • Elizabethan England
  • The development of the USA 1929-1970 and
  • Medicine through Time

There is now a fieldwork element of the History course which until 2020 will focus on ‘The Black Death’ and involve a visit to Eyam Plague village in Derbyshire.

What do students have to say about history?

“History is a good subject. I enjoy my lessons because the teacher gives us a wide range of activities to help us to learn about the past, things like Think / Pair / Share and investigating sources. I particularly enjoyed when we had to create a memorial for five soldiers who fought in WW1”.

“I’ve really enjoyed learning about World War One, particularly about the Battle of the Somme. It really made you think about the sacrifice people made for our freedom”. Comments by 9B3 History.