Chaucer Subject Intent - History

We aim to develop informed, Historically adept and literate students who can make good, safe and ethical choices in an ever-changing world and recognise the opportunities for employment in the 21st century. To give all students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

The TSAT History department believes that a solid grasp of the history of the world is hugely important in young people developing as open-minded, free thinking, questioning and articulate members of society. The History department will ensure that enjoyment and understanding of the subject is pursued through understanding of the cultural, social and economic complexities of the past. Students will understand differing cultural contexts in their pursuit of knowledge of the subject.

By the end of their History journey, our pupils will be equipped with all the historical skills necessary to interpret sources, analyse evidence and understand the past. They will be able to construct coherent arguments by considering different opinions about the past. Learning is well sequenced and will cover a range of periods from the Roman Empire, the Industrial Revolution, the spread of the British Empire, the Cold War and the War Against Terror. All these topics, from different eras, will provide pupils with the vital skills for understanding the world today. 

Through fostering a passion for the subject through aiming to ensure we deliver dynamic teaching and rigorous assessment, pupils will become well-versed in the importance of interpreting the past in order to understand the present, and consider the future. Our pupils will appreciate and understand the diverse nature of modern society and be able to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding and be confident, articulate citizens. For our aspiring historians we aim to provide a clear route to allow success academically as well as offering transferable skills that will equip all pupils for future success in whichever career path they choose.

We will endeavour to ensure that we deliver an age appropriate, high quality learning experience, inclusive for all students; where students are nurtured, challenged and encouraged to learn, working in partnership with our staff.

Curriculum description

Year 7 History

Half Term 1: Programmes of Study are on the Roman Empire the Islamic Empire

Roman Empire:

Student’s will study the beginning of Rome and how the growth of empire, Army, Towns, Romanisation, Legacy, Fall of Empire, Success, Health & Medicine, Science & Technology, Threats 

Islamic Empire:

Students will study an introduction to the Islamic Empire, Why the empire spread, Health and Medicine, science and technology and threats to the empire

Half Term 2 and 3: British Empire

Students will study Why and How the empire grew, Gandhi, Amritsar Massacre, Salt march to Independence, Partitioning of India, Why was the Empire lost, The legacy of the empire, Debate, How was the empire portrayed, Scramble for Africa, Australian Aborigines, Indian winners and losers.

 Half Term 4 and 5: Migration

Students will study early settlers to Britain, Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Jewish, medieval migrants, Huguenots, Irish potato famine, African Migration, Asian Migration, Impact of the wars, Windrush.

Half Term 6: Local History Study and Assessment

Students study how Sheffield grew, the steel industry, the Sheffield Flood(s) 1864 & 2007, Sheffield at War and the Hillsborough Disaster 1989.

Year 8 History

Half Term 1 and 2: Programmes of Study are on the Fight for Power:

Students will look at how the power of the monarchy was challenged in Medieval Period, the changing role of parliament from the Tudors to the Glorious Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and Working Class right to vote and the 20th Century.

Half Term 3 and 4: Programmes of Study are on Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade:

Students will study Africa before slavery, Capture, the Middle Passage, Slave Auctions, Life on a plantation, Revolt and resistance, Abolition, History of transatlantic slavery.

Half Term 5: Programmes of Study are on Edwardian England:

Students will study an Introduction to the period, Class tensions, Political tensions, Militant labour, Ireland, The Titanic, Women.

Half Term 6: Programmes of Study are on World War One:

Students will study the Long term and short term causes if the war, the Schlieffen Plan, Trenches, Recruitment, the Battle of the Somme, Empire troops

Year 9 History

Half Term 1 and 2: Programmes of Study are on the Inter-war years and Rise of Hitler and World War Two:

Students will study the Treaty of Versailles 1919, Fear of Communism, Hitler’s aims, The Nazi Party, Nazi’s in the 1920s and the Rise of Hitler to power and The Terror State.

Students will study the causes of war, Appeasement, Dunkirk, D-Day and an Overview

Half Term 3 and 4: Programmes of Study are on the Holocaust and the Cold War:

Students will study the events of the Holocaust, how and why it happened and why it is so significant.

Students will study the causes, events and consequences of the Cold War including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall and the Vietnam War.

Half Term 5 and 6: Programmes of Study are on Civil Rights and Terrorism:

Students will study Civil Rights – movements and events to include the Jim Crow, Civil Rights Protests, Montgomery, Selma, Malcolm X, and Outcomes, South African apartheid its Impact and consequences.

Students will study the roots of Terrorism – the Gunpowder Plot, the IRA, Al-Qaeda, the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror.


KS4 OCR 9-1 GCSE History

Year 10

Students study the Paper 1 component:

A Local History Site – Conisbrough Castle

Focussing on its structure, features, use and change over time, different interpretations of the castle and this will also include a visit to the site and guided tour.

Students will then study Paper 2 components

The Norman Conquest 1065-1087

Focussing on Life in Anglo-Saxon England, Edward the Confessor’s death and the succession crisis, the battles of 1066, rebellion and revolt and how William secured power.

People’s Health 1250 – Present Day

Focussing on the causes and responses to the outbreaks of the Black Death, living conditions in towns and how this changed over time. The role of the government and changes in housing.


Year 11

Students will study Paper 3 components:

The Making of America 1789-1900

Focussing on migration to the west, impact of migration on Native Americans, slavery and the slave trade, the causes, events and consequences of the civil war and the growth of towns and business.

Living under Nazi Rule 1933-1945

Focussing on propaganda and terror, life for men and women, the Hitler Youth, the persecution of the Jews and Germany at war.

  • There will be time after the Easter Holiday in Year 11 to revise aspects form all components and key skills needed for accessing the exam successfully.