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 organise their understanding of historical events.
  • To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising 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.

Year Eight

  • Industrial Revolution.
  • The Titanic.

Year Nine

  • World War One.
  • Life on the Home Front.

At KS4, students will study: -

  • OCR International Relations (Paper One).
  • Including: The Treaty of Versailles, The League of Nations and the Road to War
  • Land of Freedom, Red Scare, Civil Rights and Equality.


  • British Depth Study (Paper Two) including Liberal Reforms, Britain on the Home Front and Suffragettes and Suffragists.


  • Controlled Assessment – Nazi Germany.

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.