“Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it” George Santayana


Key Stage 3

The teaching of History is delivered by the Humanities department and each child will expect to receive two lessons each week at Key Stage 3 as part of their normal timetable. A chronological, modular approach is taken in History with important numeracy, literacy and oracy skills developed alongside contextual knowledge and understanding. Each module carries an assessment in the form of a test, timed essay, presentation or project. Home study is set regularly to consolidate, retrieve and develop knowledge, understanding and skills including research-based tasks and independent enquiry.


A range of day trips are offered to enable students to experience and deepen their understanding of what they have studied, as well as, encouraging an interest in the subject.

Year 7

Medieval castle visit

Year 8

Black Country Museum visit

Year 9

Berlin visit


In KS3 History, students learn about major events and the contributions of key individuals in Britain’s past. The programme of study is delivered in chronological order from the Medieval to the modern era. We explore political, social and religious changes by focusing on key events in British and World history - such as the Norman Conquest, the Industrial Revolution and the events of the Second World War.

The History programme of study facilitates a better understanding and appreciation of the country and world in which we live. Gartree’s mission is to develop “global citizens” that have a profound awareness of the world around. We want them to make conscientious, informed contributions to the wider world in which we live based on respect, tolerance and mutual appreciation of diversity and cultural differences. With this in mind, the curriculum has been designed to develop students’ understanding Britain’s place in the modern world, and how Britain became a diverse, democratic and tolerant country.

Subject-based skills

We want our students to develop into curious, ambitious and knowledge rich historians. Students will develop a range of valuable skills throughout their course of study which will prepare them for both GCSE History and the wider world. They will;

· be exposed to and use a high level of historical and conceptual vocabulary

· assess the impact of events on individual and communities

· develop the ability to read confidently and deeply.

· learn to interpret and challenge a broad range of historical sources including visual sources and propaganda

· develop empathetic skills by being exposed to different peoples’ perspectives

· interpret these different perspectives and make informed judgments about them.

· develop an understanding of historical concepts such as causation; continuity and change; significance; consequence; diversity

· write and speak about these concepts in a clear and confident way

· be encouraged to think independently and critically

· challenge received wisdom about historical figures and issues

Key Stage 4

How the course is assessed: 100% final examination

Exam board: Edexcel History (1H10)

Course overview: The qualification is based on the study of four main components that have been carefully selected for broad appeal and a balanced programme of study. The specification content is framed by historical enquiry that encourages an investigative approach to each topic of study, often using sources to form judgements and opinions. Students are encouraged to make historical decisions by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to different periods through time. The following modules are studied within History at Gartree High School at GCSE:

• Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

• Period Study: The Cold War 1941-1991

• British depth study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588

• Thematic study: Migrants in Britain c800 – Present Day

You can expect to:

• develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history - and of the wide diversity of human experience;

• engage in historical enquiry to develop as an independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker;

• develop your ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context;

• develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them;

• organise and communicate your historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Where does it lead? History is a subject that is highly respected (both educationally and professionally) as academically rigorous. It is an excellent platform for anyone interested in law, journalism, social studies and politics, as well as further studies in History. It provides valuable skills of expression and enquiry that are valued at Higher Education and in the workplace. History opens doors into many careers: law, genealogy, architecture, teaching, business, journalism, politics, and market research.