At Tibshelf Community School all students study History in Years 7, 8 and 9 and they can opt to study it in Years 10 and 11 for GCSE. History at the school is recognised as an important and essential part of the curriculum, especially in light of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate.

In History lessons students learn about the past through a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Lessons aim to be engaging but they are also centred on building students’ knowledge, understanding and the skills needed for GCSE. This will then provide a solid basis for post 16 development.


Key Stage 3 – 2 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 4 – 3 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 3 Key Topics

History is taught in chronological order throughout Key Stage 3, to enable pupils’ to effectively analyse continuity and change through time.

Year 7

  • The World before 1066, including historical terminology
  • The Middle Ages including: Battle of Hastings and Norman’s securing of power, The Crusades, The Magna Carta and The Black Death
  • The War of the Roses
  • Henry VII and establishment of the Tudor Dynasty
  • Henry VIII, his wives, his problems, the ‘Break from Rome’ and the Dissolution of the monasteries
  • ‘The Mid-Tudor Crisis’: Edward and Mary

Year 8

  • Elizabeth I: does she deserve to be remembered as ‘Good Queen Bess?’ Content includes: Elizabethan society and diversity, Elizabethan culture, The Religious Settlement, The Spanish Armada, the role of Cecil and Walsingham
  • James I, Charles I and their mistakes
  • The Civil War
  • Oliver Cromwell: hero or villain?
  • The British Empire and the Industrial Revolution: Transatlantic Slave Trade, phases of British expansion and the question of morality, the development of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on society.

Year 9

  • ‘Dying to Vote:’ the campaign for equal voting rights, including the different groups and their impact
  • The First World War: causes, trench life, battles, the case study of Private Harry Farr, why the First World War ended
  • The rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party: why they gained power, life in Nazi Germany
  • The Holocaust: the different stages, diversity of experience, liberation
  • The Second World War: causes, key battles, alliances, development of technology
  • ‘The Modern World- Conflict and the fight for equality.’ This includes: the Cold War, Civil rights campaigns, the rise of terrorism- 9/11 and beyond.
  • Optional education visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Key Stage 4 Qualifications

GCSE History OCR Specification B SHP

5 equally weighted units, 3 final examinations

Paper 1: British History

  • The later Elizabethans 1580-1603- depth
  • The People’s Health c.1250-Present- breadth

Paper 2: History Around Us

Study of Tibshelf and the surrounding area with specific focus on the development and consequences of coal mining

Paper 3: World History

  • Life in Nazi Germany- depth
  • The Making of America- breadth
Past Results

Consistently above national average A*-C and significantly above national average A*-A attainment

2017: 67.6% A*-C (national 65%) 33.8% A*-A (national 25.7%)

2016: 75.3% A*-C (national 66%) 29.6% (national 26.4%)

2015: 69.3% A*-C (national 67%) 29.8% (national 26.6%)


Mrs S Bradley- Head of History

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