The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all students know and understand the history of the country from the earliest times to the present day. Students will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections and create their own structured accounts. Students will 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.


A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and of the wider world. It should inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

What students will study:

In Year 7

Britain before 1066 including The Roman Empire-Why was the Roman Army so successful? Britain 1066-1485 including The Norman Conquest of Britain, Feudalism and Castle Development. Britain 1485-1750 including the struggle between Church and Crown, Medieval Kingship and Society. Case studies on the Magna Carta, The Black Death and the Peasants Revolt.

In Year 8

Britain 1500-1750 including Images of an Age through portraits and The Reformation and Religious change under the Tudors. The English Civil War. Britain 1750-1900 including how did Britain change? Case study; How did Northallerton change? Britain and the wider world 1500-1750 looking at living and working in the British Empire and how technology transformed textiles.

In Year 9

Britain in 1900 leading up to and including the Great War and the struggle for Women's suffrage. Black People of the Americas including the British Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The American Civil War, Abolition and Civil Rights in the USA. The Twentieth Century World and the rise of the Dictators leading to WW2 and the end of the Empire.