Faculty of Humanities
Mr AJ Motteram - Subject Leader of History
Mrs R McElhone - Head of Faculty
Ms. S Jennings-Assistant Head of Faculty
Ms S Jones-International Links Co-ordinator
Mr S Reed-Teacher of History
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. This is at the core of the teaching and learning in History and provides students with the tools to solve problems and come to conclusions.
At St. Peter's the History Department aims to deliver a high-quality education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. The aim in line with the National Curriculum requirements is to inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching aims to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
Students can progress from this course to:
A-Level History and a variety of academic and vocational qualifications at Sixth Form College.
KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020
Curriculum Intent (Year 7 and 8)
In Year 7 and 8, all students follow the KS3 National Curriculum. They receive 3 lessons of History per fortnight and are taught in mixed attainment groups. Students in KS3 will have a half termly and end of year exams. Pupils study the following topics in History:
Year 7 Programme of Study
‘What is History?’ –an introduction to History that looks at the importance of understanding our past and the craft of the Historian.
‘The Invaders of Britain’ – how our country’s culture, beliefs and traditions were shaped before 1066 by the arrival of the Romans, the Saxons and the Vikings
‘The Norman Conquest’ – a study of the invasion and conquest of 1066 that changed England forever.
‘The Medieval World’ – how England was shaped by its beliefs and the fierce battle between the State and Church for hearts and minds.
‘Roses, Regicides, Reformation’ – How England turned on itself in the 14th century in a civil war and even questioned its own central beliefs.
Year 8 Programme of Study
‘Fire and Fury’ – a study of how Stuart England erupted with the Gunpowder Plot, headed for war between Parliament and the Crown and faced challenges from plague, religious persecution and superstition.
‘Mighty Manchester?’ –how our city evolved during the Industrial Revolution and it’s place within Britain ‘the workshop of the world’. We examine the links between Manchester’s success story and its links to the trans-Atlantic slave-trade and consequences for those who not just spun and wove cotton but picked it, in the southern states of America.
‘Slavery’ – a study of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the story of the black people of the Americas through to freedom.
‘A Challenging World’ – a study of Britain at the turn of the twentieth century and the challenges faced by women seeking equality with men through to the horrors of industrialised warfare in WW1.
‘Lessons from History’ – a study of the Holocaust, that focuses on the need for tolerance and understanding in society and History’s role in our education.
KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020
Curriculum Intent (Year 9-11)
Students follow the Department for Education GCSE History content, through AQA GCSE specification 8145. All pupils are in mixed ability sets and are taught by a specialist History teacher. At the end of Year 11 all students will be entered for:
AQA GCSE (9-1) History https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-8145-SP-2016.PDF
Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World (50% of final grade)
Conflict and Tension 1894-1918
Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship 1890-1945
Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation (50% of final grade)
Norman England 1066-1100
Britain, Power and the People c. 1170 to the Present Day