History Curriculum

Our key aim in History is to support all students to be the best Historian they can be.

During their time at Shevington, History pupils will be taught:

  • A chronological History of Britain from Saxon times to the present day, looking at certain events in greater depth, such as the Black Death and the Civil War.
  • Key case studies from pivotal events in world History, such as the transatlantic slave trade and the Holocaust.
  • How to understand and confidently apply a number of key History specific terms, such as ‘empire’ and ‘peasantry.’
  • To explore a range of Historical concepts, such as similarity and difference, and how to utilise them to gain a greater understanding of Historical moments, events or people.
  • To make use of a range of Historical evidence and sources to help students to analyse an argument or approach, as well as to justify their own, well-reasoned opinions.
  • To understand how each Historical event or period can appear into a number of different contexts, such as political, economic and social or short-term and long-term timescales.

Teaching and Learning

Where possible, we use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods to deliver History at Shevington, from teacher-led discussion to Drama lessons or project work. History lessons are engaging, arouse curiosity and provide challenge and intellectual stimulation for all students.


In History all pupils are assessed through a combination of the following three components:

  1. Their own Historical understanding (e.g. in what year an event took place).
  2. Their ability to interpret evidence and source material (e.g. to correctly identify and explain the use of propaganda in a poster or written text).
  3. Their ability to construct a Historically valid argument using specific criteria (such as including a clear agree and disagree side or analysing similarities and differences).

Formal assessments take place throughout the year with at least one formal History exam per year group each academic year.



Year 7 – one hour per week

Year 8 – one hour per week

Year 9 – one hour per week


Year 10 – three hours per week

Year 11 – three hours per week

History is a very popular subject at KS4, with three classes in Year 11 (2020-2021) and four classes in Year 10 (2020-2021). At KS4 we study the EdExcel History specification. Students complete the following modules for their History GCSE at Shevington:

Paper 1: Crime and punishment through time 1000AD-present day and Whitechapel, crime, policing and the inner city 1870-1900 (students study these topics in Year 11).

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 and superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991 (students study these topics in Year 10).

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 (students start this topic in Year 10 and finish it at the start of Year 11).


Mr Nichols – Head of Humanities

Miss Smith – Teacher of History