Faculty of Humanities


Anthony Motteram - Subject Leader - KS3 & KS4

Stephanie Jennings - KS3

Sarah Jones - KS3

Stephen Reed - KS3 & KS4



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.


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 latest 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.


KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils incorporate History Nat Curr Aims in their study of:

Term One:

  • A study of British History that consolidates and extends pupils chronological knowledge before 1066; this will include ‘The Romans in Britain, as a study of the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles’.


Term Two & Three:

  • The development of the Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509


There will be end of unit assessments for each topic.


Year 8

During year 8 pupils build on their knowledge and understanding through the study of the following topics:


Term One:

  • The development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745


Term Two:

  • A study of a significant issue in World History-Slavery in the Americas
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901
  • Local History Study- ‘Victorian Manchester and the Scuttlers’


Term Three

  • Challenges for Britain & Europe 1901-Present Day - including a study of women’s suffrage and the First World War
  • Students will conclude the year by studying ‘The Holocaust and the lessons learnt from History’


There will be end of unit assessments for each topic.


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 pupils opting for History follow the AQA GCSE Course Specification 8145. There are two main areas of study – Understanding the Modern World and Shaping the Nation. Topics include:

Conflict and Tension 1894-1918

Germany; Democracy and Dictatorship 1890-1945

Norman England 1066-1100

Power and the People 1170 to the present day

Outline of the course

 A more detailed outline of the course is available at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145


There are two written examinations of 2 hours each. Each examination paper is worth 50% of the qualification. These exams are taken at the end of the course.