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History at Carter

History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. It will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.

History will ensure that pupils: -

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


Key Stage 3

Year 7 

Topic 1: Introduction to History

Topic 2: Norman Conquest and Control

Topic 3: Changes in England under Norman Control

Topic 4: Religion in the Middle Ages

Topic 5: Challenges to Medieval Monarchs


Year 8

Topic 1: Henry VIII and the Reformation

Topic 2: Elizabeth I

Topic 3: The English Civil War

Topic 4: The Slave Trade

Topic 5: The Industrial Revolution


Year 9

Topic 1: The Causes of World War I

Topic 2: Life in the Trenches

Topic 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany Germany 1919-1933

Topic 4: The Holocaust


Edexcel Exam Board Year 10

Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Learn about this powerful and independent woman, the daughter of Henry VIII who became Queen of England. She kept strong under pressure to marry and held her own in a world dominated by men.

Medicine in Britain, c1250 – present and Medicine in the British Sector of the Western Front 1914–18:

Learn about the gory and exciting history of surgery, diseases and treatments.  Learn about why and when people whipped themselves to get better. Why people thought they might turn into cows?

Edexcel Exam Board Year 11

Weimar and Nazi Germany

Learn about Life in Germany after World War I and how conditions were so bad that  the Nazi’s were able to take control of Germany.  What was life like for ordinary Germans?

Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Learn about the Cold War and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation that the world lived under as well as the different areas of conflict around the world.

GCSE Exam Paper 1- Medicine in Britain and British Sector in Western Front

GCSE Exam Paper 2- Super Power relations and Cold War And Early Elizabethan England

GCSE Exam paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany 

If you would like to discuss the work that we do or further information about the History curriculum then please contact Mr S Maguire at maguires@carter.poole.sch.uk   


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