• History


Welcome to History

History is taught to all pupils in Years 7, 8 &9 and is then a GCSE option at KS4. History, Geography, RE, PSHCE and Citizenship are taught in the Humanities suite comprising four large classrooms, each equipped with interactive whiteboards.

Students regularly use the adjacent IT rooms as well as the comprehensive range of support materials available in the department. Visits to places of historical interest and access to primary and secondary source artefacts are used to fire pupils' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

Throughout the course, pupils will find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the World. They will investigate Britain's relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.

Most importantly, they will learn to ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make.

GCSE History

At GCSE, History explores events from the last 1000 years and how they have contributed to the world today.

The course is taught over three years during which students will have three, one-hour lessons per week.

Teaching is designed to foster the ability in students to judge the truth or otherwise of contemporary and retrospective accounts based on an understanding of the commentator’s point of view.

Students are expected to develop advanced skills of reasoning, analysis, evaluation and debating skills.

As well as lessons in school, students will have the opportunity to visit places of historical interest and relevance. There will also be a significant amount of home study

Typically in the course of the three years of KS3, pupils will follow the course outlined below.

Year 7

  • The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066 – 1509.
    • Roman Britain covering key aspects of ‘What is History?’
    • 1066, the Battle of Hastings & the Norman Conquest
    • Changes brought by the Normans
    • Life in Medieval Britain; Peasants and Black Death
    • Was King John a good or bad King?
  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 – 1745, including local history.
    • Protestant Reformation – How did England change?
    • The English Civil War
    • The execution of Charles 1

Year 8

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire
    • The development of the British Empire, depth study India
    • Slave Trade and Abolition
    • Local study –Impact of the Industrial Revolution
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider World 1901 to the present day’ - Part 1.
    • Women's Suffrage
    • World War 1

Year 9

  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider World 1901 to the present day’ - Part 2.
    • The USA in the 20th Century
    • In the 1920s, gangsters, prohibition, boom and bust.
    • Civil Rights
    • JFK and the 1960s
    • The Cold War
  • World War 2 and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
    • Hitler and the Rise of Nazi Germany
    • The Holocaust

Key Stage 4 GCSE option

The AQA GCSE History course builds on the topics and skills covered during Key Stage 3. The course is split into four units of study, and each are assessed by two formal examinations at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

•Section A: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
•Section B: Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

•Section A: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
•Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Useful resources for exam preparation can be accessed from the Google Drive here:

History Resources


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NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.