“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

Learning about past events and the people who have influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it is at now, and how it will continue to develop in the future. As well as studying a wide range of exciting historic periods and developing a detailed knowledge and understanding of the periods studied, you will also be acquiring and developing key transferable skills such as…

*Explaining and analyzing historical events using second-order historical concepts which include continuity, change, cause and consequence.

*Making substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

*Analyzing, evaluating and using evidence to make substantiated judgements about the past.


From years 7 to 11 pupils follow a specially designed 5 year flightpath. All pupils will complete the first 2 years and then have opportunity to choose GCSE History as option choice. GCSE History is a popular option at Churchmead School.

Years 7 and 8

Pupils have the opportunity to study a broad range of topics such as The Romans, The Middle Ages and The Tudors and Stuarts. In Year 8 topics such as The Transatlantic Slave Trade, The Industrial Revolution, The First World War and the Second World War are all covered. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their key skills, think critically and make substantiated judgements about the past. They will also analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of evidence, and make substantiated judgments about historical interpretations.  

Year 9

Our pupils study a range of topics and will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and key skills. The units are designed to fully support our pupils throughout their academic flightpath in History, and ensure that they are prepared for years 10 and 11. Some of the topics included are…

Who was Jack the Ripper?

The Titanic: was it really women and children first?

Al Capone and the Chicago gangsters: Why did prohibition fail?

Conspiracy theories: Did man really land on the moon?

Warfare: How has combat changed over time?

Modern History: What is terrorism?

The Suffragettes: Emily Davison, martyr or tragic accident?

Years 10 and 11

Qualification: GCSE History
Exam Board: AQA

1. Period Study: Understanding the modern world.

America 1920 – 1973 – Opportunity and inequality

2. Wider world depth study:

Conflict and tension between East and West 1945 – 1972

3. Thematic Study

Britain: Power and the people c1170 to the present day.

4. British depth Study/Historic environment

Elizabethan England c1568 – 1603


The study of Human History will help our pupils develop into courageous, compassionate and committed global citizens. A qualification in GCSE History will also open many doors, and pupils with this qualification may go onto to pursue careers in Archaeology, Law, Politics, The Public Sector, Research, Teaching and Academia. Pupils will also have transferable skills such as research and analysis, critical thinking, identifying causes and consequences and making substantiated judgments.