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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 - 1066 Battle of Hastings and Norman Conquest
Topic 2 - Changing power of the monarchy in Medieval Times
Topic 3 - Medieval Life
Topic 4 - England and conflict with her neighbours (France and Scotland) and conflict in the Holy Land
Topic 5 - Renaissance
Topic 6 - Reformation (Martin Luther and Henry VIII)

Year 8

Topic 1 - Tudors and Stuarts
Topic 2 - English Civil War
Topic 3 - The Slave Trade
Topic 4 - Agricultural and Industrial Revolution
Topic 5 - American War of Independence and American Civil War
Topic 6 - French Revolution

Year 9

Topic 1 - World War One
Topic 2 - Changing Warfare (Boer War / World War Two / Cold War / Korean War / Vietnam War / Terrorism in Northern Ireland)
Topic 3 - Electoral Reform (Chartists and Suffragettes)
Topic 4 - Genocide (Holocaust and Cambodia)
Topic 5 - British Empire
Topic 6 - Civil Rights


Year 11 AQA

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period studies

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality


Section B: Wider world depth studies


Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic studies 

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day 

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment 

Elizabethan England, c1066-c1100


Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

How its assessed:
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

How its assessed:
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE

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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