The History Department aims to promote historical awareness and a passion for learning about the past, as well as equipping students with a range of intellectual skills. Students learn about the past in a variety of ways, studying a mix of British and world history, and they are encouraged to use that knowledge to help them make sense of the present.
Through history, students also develop the ability to organise information, argue a case, think critically and analyse source material, all of which are transferable skills which will benefit students in their study of other subjects and later in the world of work. They will develop their knowledge of key historical concepts including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance, using a range of sources including contemporary footage, film, photos, artefacts, cartoons and paintings.

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Kingsmead students embark their study of history by travelling over 1000 years of both British and world history. This breadth study at ks3 allows for students to develop their use of spotting trends and changes (skill of change and continuity) through the key threads of knowledge of power and conflict; religion/ church and state; society. As suggested by the National Curriculum, students focus upon a diverse range of topics which encourages students to debate and probe issues through time and to gain a personal identity through studying collective human history and morality. Students will study and use the skills of history to discover the stories of the past:

Year 7

What is history? (Romans)

Students will learn about the key historical concepts and skills this subject has to offer. They will analyse sources and evidence from the roman period to see how historians put together the past.

The Medieval Age

Students will study the medieval age from the Norman conquest to the defeat of Richard III, the last English king to die on the battlefield. They will learn about how kings in the medieval world kept power and control, and will also look at the role that castles had to play in this. Students will understand how living conditions affected people and investigate the causes and impact of the black death.


Students will learn about the changes the Tudors brought to Britain, particularly regarding the church. The course will focus on king henry viii and what kind of ruler he was. Students will then take a close look at life in the Tudor era by questioning to what extent was Elizabethan era an Golden Age?

English Civil War & Cromwell’s England

An important period in the shaping of British democracy is the English civil war, and students will learn about the conflict between parliament and the monarchy and how England coped without a king for 10 years!

The French revolution

Students will finish their learning journey in year 7 by studying how far did France change as a result of the French revolution. This will allow students to compare how power has evolved in Britain with the bloody revolution in France.

Year 8

In year 8 students will learn about the following:

They will develop their skills in source analysis and make judgements about the significance of certain events, such as the first use of the atomic bomb. They will analyse change over time and investigate the causes of both world wars.

Year 9

In year 9, students continue their study of history until they make their option choices for the summer term. In preparation for the greater depth of GCSE units, students will study two breadth and depth studies on migration over time in Enfield and Britain, and slavery and civil rights over time. The migration unit allows a greater exploration of personal and local history and change over time. The latter is also the main concept developed by the study of African Americans.

In the summer term, students who have picked history as their GCSE will begin the course.

KEY STAGE 4 - AQA History

Students develop their knowledge of key historical concepts including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance. They will do so through the study of the following topics which will culminate in two, two hours exams at the end of year 11:

Unit 1 - Germany, 1890–1945: democracy and dictatorship
This unit provides students with an opportunity to study over 50 years of German history in great depth. Students will investigate Germany prior to World War I and assess the reasons for Germany’s defeat and the impact this had. They will analyse the fall of the Weimar republic and explain why Hitler came to power. Nazi Germany and the life of ordinary Germans will be studied in detail, including the education of children, opposition to Hitler, and Nazi racial policy.

Unit 2 - conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975
This unit covers only 25 years and allows students to gain a detailed understanding of the period. Students will learn about the cold war background to conflict in Korea and Vietnam, as well as the motives and interests of the indigenous population of these two countries. The role of key individuals and presidents will be explored, and comparisons will be drawn between the two conflicts.

Unit 3 - Britain: health and the people: c1000 to the present day
this unit covers the broad theme of medicine and health over time, allowing students to analyse key trends and turnings points. They will look at the long- and short-term consequences of key developments and understand the impact of the wider world on Britain. Students will analyse the importance of war, religion, government, science, communication and individuals in developing or preventing changes in medicine from medieval Britain to today.

Unit 4 - Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
This unit offers a detailed insight into Elizabethan England. Students study Elizabeth’s personality and her control over government as well as life during the Elizabethan era. This is further developed with a study of a historic environment (which changes yearly), which allows students to link their knowledge specifically to the environment and individuals who lived at the time.


History a level is taught at Kingsmead by experienced teachers. It is a demanding but exciting course which is very enjoyable. Students consistently achieve well at a level history.
Topics currently taught include:

History A Level provides an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills which helps equip students for a variety of degree courses and careers. These range from law, accountancy and the arts to medicine (the latter combined with other relevant subjects). It is highly regarded by universities and is seen as proof that a student is interested in understanding the world around them and has the ability to analyse the processes which have created that world.

Where will History take you?

What does history teach you?

Key Historical Skills:

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