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History at Springwell is a popular, thriving subject, which aims to interest, challenge and engage all students. Schemes of learning are designed to give students an understanding of how societies and governments on a national and international level have developed over time – in essence, students study why they are the people they are. Lessons are designed to challenge students, with appropriate scaffolding and support in place to enable all students to access their learning successfully. 


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students study a wide range of interesting topics in history; these are organised chronologically to ensure that all students have an understanding of development over time. By giving students a sound understanding of chronology, it lays solid foundations for students to succeed at GCSE history. 


Year 7

Students study Medieval and Early Modern History. Topics students cover include the Norman Conquest, medieval society with a specific focus on the power of the church, the changing role of monarchy, with a particular focus on King John and the Magna Carta, the Reformation, the Elizabethan Golden Age and the English Civil War.


Year 8

Students study the impact of the Industrial Revolution with a particular focus on mining and the cotton industry due to its relevance to the Derbyshire area. They then study the British Empire and Britain’s role in the Transatlantic slave trade. We then look at the concept of democracy, focusing on how certain groups have fought for their democratic rights such as the Chartists and the Suffragettes. We finish the year by analysing the causes of World War One and the nature of this conflict.


Year 9

Students will focus on the 20th century world paying particular attention to the aftermath of the First World War, the rise of dictatorships across Europe and the outbreak of World War II. We will analyse the significant turning points in the War and look at the post war world. Year 9 then begin a development study on the history of medicine from the ancient era up until the present day. We look at how explanations of disease and ideas about treatments changed over time and the factors that led to these changes. This is a thematic study which will contribute to the history GCSE if students choose to continue with the subject at Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel History GCSE 9-1 course. We study a range of topics that cover both British and international history. The GCSE is 100% examination, split over three papers.

Historic Environment: Injuries and treatments on the Western Front 1914-1918

We look at the relationship between conditions in the trenches and their impact on the nature of illness and injury and the provision of medical care for soldiers. We consider the impact of developments in medicine in the early 20th century on the care and treatment of soldiers on the Western Front.

Period Study: The American West 1835-1895

We study the exploration and settlement of the American West and its unfolding impact on the native Americans, from the opening of the first wagon trails west to the immediate aftermath of the closing of the American Frontier and the destruction of the native American way of life.

British Depth Study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088

Students are required to understand the complexity of the Norman Conquest and the interplay of different aspects within this new society. We look at the rival claimants to the throne in 1066, the successful conquest of England and the transformation of Anglo-Saxon England to Norman England.

Modern Depth Study: USA 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad

 We use sources and historians’ interpretations to analyse the political struggles of the civil rights movement and the USA’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Social, economic and cultural issues we look at include the position of African-Americans in 1950s America, the divisions in US society over civil rights and the Vietnam War, media coverage of both issues and the economic costs of the Vietnam war.



History classrooms are well resourced with specialist teachers, up-to-date textbooks and a wide range of source material.



GCSE students have the opportunity to go on a 3-day residential visit to the WWI Battlefields in Belgium and Northern France. We also run a range of intervention and revision sessions, as well as offering homework help to students who may need it.


After-college revision is run every week and is open to all Y11 history students.