Welcome to History

The Department of History has two main aims. Firstly, it seeks to promote an interest in the past. Students are introduced to various types of history – social, political, cultural etc. – and explore these through a variety of chronological, national, and global contexts. In so doing, the Department strives to create a stimulating environment with which to engage students of all abilities.

Skills Being Developed

Historical enquiry, organisation and communication of historical information. Understanding the nature of historical evidence. Interpretations of history. Students are encouraged. Develop their range of historical skills and understanding.



Key Stage 3

Whilst studying Key Stage 3 History students have one lesson a week in Year 7 and two lessons a week in Year 8. The exciting new course covers three themes in both years: Empire and Endless Suffering, Protest and the People and Death, Disease and Dragons Den in Year 7 – Followed by Bullets, Bombs and the Blitz, Space, Spies and lies, Revolution and Rock n Roll in Year 8. In Year 7 the themes cover the, the American West and the British Empire, Slavery much more! In Year 8 the themes move into the 20th century covering, Stinking Sheffield and Jack the Ripper, World War I, World War II, the Holocaust and the development of British society including the 1960s.


Key Stage 4

In the History department we follow the Edexcel History A GCSE: Modern World History (Year 11) and the Edexcel GCSE History A (9-1) (Year 9 and 10). Through our planning, teaching, assessment and marking, teachers of History aim to develop students’ ability to recall, select and use historical knowledge, understand historical terms and concepts, communicate information in a clear and coherent manner; both verbally and in written form, interpret and evaluate a wide range of sources, respect individuals beliefs and different cultures, make reasoned and balanced judgements, reflect on their own learning and finally to understand their role as a global citizen.


The NEW (9-1) GCSE is made up of 3 exams with 5 distinct units:

Paper 1: British thematic study with Historic Environment

This element is worth 30% of the GCSE and assessed through an exam of 1 hour 15 minutes. Students study Medicine through Time from 1250 with a historic environment study based around medicine on the Western Front. This unit allows students to understand beliefs about causes and treatment of disease through time. The study of the Western Front allows students to explain methods of treatment and surgery during WW1 through an analysis of sources.

Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study

This element is worth 40% of the GCSE and is assessed through an exam of 1 hour 45 minutes. There are two distinct elements to this examination, the American West and Elizabethan England. The American West allows studies of the lives of the Plains Indians, Westward Expansion across the USA and the experiences of key groups in US society, such as cattlemen, Mormons and gold miners. The Elizabethan England element covers the reign of Elizabeth I, examining the key events of her time in power and the challenges Britain and Elizabeth herself faced during this time.

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

This element is worth 30% and is assessed through an exam of 1 hour 20 minutes. The content is based around Weimar and Nazi Germany, studying key events such as the establishment of the Weimar government, the rise of the Nazi party and the key features of Nazi Germany. It allows students to develop a wide range of historical skills such as source analysis and understanding of interpretations.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Head of Department, Mrs J Tucker at j.tucker@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.