Eaton Bank Academy

The aims of the History Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To fire students’ imaginations with stories from the past and create a life-long love of history.
  • To develop students’ chronological understanding and help them to understand the diverse experiences and ideas, beliefs and attitudes of men, women and children in past societies and how these have shaped the world.
  • To enable students to identify and explain change and continuity within and across periods of history.
  • To give learners the skills needed to analyse and explain the reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations and changes.
  • To enable students to consider the significance of events, people and developments in their historical context and in the present day.
  • To increase learners’ understanding of how historians and others form different interpretations, and enable them to assess their validity.
  • To teach key historical skills, including historical enquiry, using evidence and communication.

At Key Stage 3 we will study:

Year 7


1066 & The Norman Conquest

Life in the Middle Ages

Significant Events in the Middle Ages

Tudor England

Age of Exploration


Year 8

Stuart England & The English Civil War

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Britain: 1750-1900

World War 1

America in the 1920s

America in the 1930s

Year 9
World War 2
The Holocaust
The Making of Modern Britain
World Study (selected by the teacher)
Thematic Study: Women’s History
Introduction to Conflict & Tension (GCSE course)
Note: In 2020-21, Year 9 students will study America in the 1920s and 1930s, rather than World War 2 and a World Study.



The study of History will allow students to develop their:

  • Independent enquiry skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of past people, places and events.
  • Critical use of evidence.
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills.



There will be one formal assessment conducted each half term, whilst ongoing formative assessment will take place in all lessons.


Home Learning

Students will be set homework once a fortnight. Students will receive a variety of different tasks which will include research tasks, creative tasks, written questions, source work and resource gathering. In each year students will spend half a term on an independent research project as above and this will be the homework for the half term.

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking of homework.
  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about their learning.
  • Talking to your child about the past and why it is important to learn about it.
  • Help your children to experience a wide range of history through visiting museums and historical sites, watching films and documentaries with them, and helping them to access internet resources and library books.


If you have any queries, please contact Mrs A Wright

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE– This subject forms part of the English Baccalaureate.

Studying GCSE History will help you to understand the world around us. It helps you understand the people, events and circumstances of the past that still influence us today.  It is a subject about people and how the past has changed lives for the better and for the worse.

GCSE History also develops important skills that are important in any future career or educational options you choose.  You will learn to analyse evidence and formulate arguments.  You will learn to judge interpretations and evaluate the points of views of others.  History is not just about the past, it is a subject that can help you prepare for whatever future you choose.


Britain: Health and the People 

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place.

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship 

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in influencing change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups and the impact the developments had on them. 

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states. It focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

Medieval England – the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307

This option allows students to study a specific historical period in depth. The study will focus on the major events of part of the reign of Edward considered from the economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoint and arising controversies. 


AQA GCSE has two written exam papers, which are assessed at the end of Year 11.

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