Welcome to HISTORY

The History department at St Bede’s bases its vision on our whole school ethos that we are all part of God’s creative process, providing the opportunity for each individual to flourish in order to serve the Common Good.

The History department is made up of four members of staff. Most of the teaching takes place in two specialist rooms and we have a wide range of textbooks, artefacts and online resources to support teaching at both Key Stages.

Our aim is teach enjoyable and challenging lessons which develop a wide range of analytical, communication and citizenship skills. The study of History enables our pupils to gain a full understanding of the world in which we live and helps them to develop a range of high order thinking skills.

Our curriculum is also supported by a range of enrichment activities. These include visits to Horrible Histories Theatre performances, Hitler on Trial GCSE workshop and overseas trips to Krakow and Auschwitz and the WWI war graves.

KS3 History

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study the key events and changes in the history of Britain from 1066 to the Tudors. The topics covered include Norman England, King John, The Black Death, The Peasants’ Revolt and religious changes under Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils look in detail at the key events and changes in British life from Elizabeth I to the end of the 19th century. The units covered include Elizabethan England, the Civil War in Britain, the abolition of slavery and the Industrial Revolution.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study the key events of the twentieth century. Topics covered include the origins of the First World War, the significant events of World War Two, the Holocaust and the struggle for Civil Rights in the USA. At the end of Year 9 pupils begin their GCSE course by studying the History of Medicine.

KS4 History 2016/ 2017 Exam


Pupils currently follow the OCR GCSE History course (Specification B) – The Making of the Modern World.
The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the key events in British, European and World History in the 20th century. Through the study of History, students are given the opportunity to actively engage in the process of historical enquiry and to develop their skills as effective and independent learners. The course follows a linear approach and pupils sit all external examinations in Year 11.

GCSE Overview
Paper One
Section One: Core Content: International Relations, 1919-39

Who was to blame for the Cold War?
Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

Section Two: Depth Study

Germany, 1918 – 45

Assessment will be through a single examination of 2 hours at the end of Year 11. This exam accounts for 45% of the total GCSE.

Paper Two
How far did British society change 1939 - 1975?

Assessment will be through a single examination of 1 hour 30 minutes at the end of Year 11. This accounts for 30% of the final GCSE

Controlled Assessment
This is a historical enquiry of 2000 words which accounts for 25% of the final GCSE.


Year 10 pupils will studying the new 9-1 Edexcel GCSE. The course follows a linear approach and pupils will sit all external exams at the end of Year 11.

Paper One – Thematic Study and historic environment
Medicine in Britain, c 1250 to present and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914- 8; injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Written examination 1 hour and 15 minutes

Paper Two – Period study and British depth study
Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1588
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 1991
Written examination 1 hour and 45 minutes

Paper Three – Modern depth study
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939
Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes


GCSE Results 2016

92% of History pupils achieved A* - C

48% of pupils achieved A*- A

3 Levels of Progress - 87 %

4 Levels of Progress - 63%

5 Levels of Progress – 29%


Mrs J Roberts - Curriculum Leader
Mr A Holt - Assistant Headteacher
Miss G Gray
Miss Z Letki

Learning Programmes

Year 7 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term4

Year 8 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4, Terms 5 and 6

Year 9 - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4

Year 10 - Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991

Medicine through time c1250 - present

Year 11 -Term 1, Term 2 and 3