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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits



History is an academic subject that has become in recent years more recognised for the part it plays in the development of children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.

I am bias when I say that History is interesting and very much alive even though the events that our pupils will be studying are in the past. History will challenge our children and help them explore human behaviour to better understand their world.


The Team

Mr B Poland – Teacher of Humanities (Second in Department)
Mr P McNally – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of History


Key Stage 3

We set homework every two weeks with an emphasis on knowledge acquisition and recall. Once a year we will set the pupils an in depth project which will require up to 6 weeks’ home study.

Our curriculum is designed to develop the pupils own identities via an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels, we very much support and complement the teaching of the core British Values. We will not only look to increase our pupil’s knowledge but to give them skills that will allow them to express and articulate their own views on History and develop their critical thinking skills. The curriculum will also stress the development of key competencies that are required to succeed at school and beyond.


The History curriculum covers a varied study of different time periods in mostly linear order so that students can better understand how events are related to each other.


In year 7 The pupils will be learning about British History from the early period of Celts, Romans and Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Norman conquest.


In Year 8 pupils will discover the impact of the reformation, the Tudors, the English civil war, the Enlightenment, the French revolution, slavery and the campaigns for greater rights during the Industrial Revolution in this area.


In year 9 pupils will be investigating the conflicts and different interpretations of key events in the 20th century including WW1, WW2, the Cold war. We will to teach our children about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Key stage 3 will finish with a depth study of Nazi German which will assist our Key stage 4 pupils when they take History at the next level.


The History Department supports an active History club which meets to discuss and debate the events of the past and their relevance to the world today.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils who opt to study history follow the OCR Modern World History Syllabus A 1-9, this is an academic qualification and as thus is highly regarded by Higher Education establishments, we believe that this prepares our pupils well for the next stage of their academic career.


History A (Explaining the Modern World) (9-1) – J410


Pupils will follow the OCR History A 1-9 (Explaining the Modern World) Syllabus.
There are 3 terminal written exams to be taken in year 11:


  • Paper 1 lasts 1 hour 45 minutes,
  • Paper 2 lasts 1 hour
  • Paper 3 lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.


For Paper 1 learners will study International Relations; the changing international order 1918-2001 together with a non-British depth study on either the USA 1919-48 or Germany 1925-55.


For Paper 2 learners will study War and British Society 790-2010 – a study that includes a broad sweep of the impact of different types of warfare with respect to British history.


For Paper 3 learners will study Personal Rule to Restoration 1629-1660 – a study which focuses on the main political and religious developments in Britain at this time, together with a study of Castles; Form and Function 1000-1750.


Particularly useful websites for student to use include;


GCSE Bitesize History
Modern World History Revision (John D. Clare)