History Department



Head of Department

Mrs V. Harwood (harwoodv@hartsdown.org)


Ms K. Hillman, (hillmank@hartsdown.org)
Mr C. Davies, (daviesc@hartsdown.org)
Mr C. Shenton (shentonc@hartsdown.org)



Year 7

Battle of Hastings.

Students will begin to look at relationships of power within England. They will investigate battle tactics and the problems that arise when a new foreign king takes over.


The Black Death.

A topic of gore, death and an eventual change in power relations. Students will focus on cause and consequence as their key skill so that they can explain how such a devastating disease enabled peasants to improve their livelihoods.

Peasant’s Revolt.

An exciting topic that demonstrates the chaos that can ensue  when the lower ebbs of society are mistreated for too long. Expect burning books, strikes and murder.

Year 8

The Tudors and Religious Conflict.

As England divided with the almighty Pope they plunged into a period of religious controversy. Students will follow the protestant and catholic faiths and explain how power ebbed and flowed between them.


The British Empire.

Students will explore how and why the British Empire began and also the consequences that come with being the biggest Empire in the world. Trade, slavery and colonisation will be also focused on, enabling students to question the ethics and morality of Britain’s ‘Golden Age’.

The Stuarts and Civil War.

With a new Royal Family came an incredibly eventful period in British history. Students will learn about the chaos that comes with a beheaded monarch, bakers that did not have a fire alarm, and the re-emergence of the plague.

Year 9

Industrial Revolution.

This topic will show how England transformed from an agricultural society to one taken over by factories to become a leading industrial power on a global scale. During this turbulent period, student will also investigate the social, economic and environmental changes.

The Great War.

This unit is designed to give students a detailed context showing the long term factors, and shorter, triggering factors to the Great War. Students will realise the totality of this war and how it was unlike any other that had come before as they investigate the locations, weaponry and human cost of the conflict.

World War Two.
This final topic of KS3 will show how and why there was another war so soon after the Great War, going into detail about life in Britain from both civilians and soldiers’ perspectives. It explores life in Germany and the social unrest that comes through living under a dictatorship. Finally questioning the legitimacy of war and the cost on human life.

KS4 Exam Board and spec

AQA History (8145) http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-8145-SP-2016.PDF

1B Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939
2A Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

KS3 Resources

Invasion, Plague and Murder:  Britain 1066-1509 by Aaron Wilkes.

Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation: Britain 1509-1745 by Aaron Wilkes.

Industry, Invention and Empire; Britain 1745-1901 by Aaron Wilkes.

Technology, War and Independence: 1901-Present Day by Aaron Wilkes.


KS4 Resources


Conflict and tension 1918-1939 Oxford AQA GCSE History by Aaron Wilkes

Elizabethan England AQA GCSE History Hodder Education by Wesley Royle

Germany 1890 -1945 Democracy and Dictatorship. Oxford AQA GCSE History by Aaron Wilkes

Health and the People AQA History Hodder Education by Alf Wilkinson

GCSE AQA History for the Grade 9-1 Course. The Revision Guide. CGP.