Welcome to History

All teachers of History at Shafton are extraordinarily enthusiastic about our subject and strive to create exciting, imaginative and inspiring lessons. We believe in consistently challenging students to hone their skills and broaden their knowledge with targeted and personalised learning; we encourage them to ask questions of themselves and the subject itself so that they can become independent and self-sufficient learners. We believe the study of History is vitally important, as it offers not only an excellent understanding of the many ways that the world has developed and changed over time, but also a greater understanding of the world we live in today.



Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students study a variety of topics shown below. During the year students will build on their historical knowledge and develop their skills. In Year 8 students will use the knowledge and skills developed during Year 7 to develop their exam technique in preparation for starting their GCSE in Year 9.


Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE History 9-1

In the History department we follow the Edexcel History A GCSE (9-1). 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 topics we study are -

  • Nazi Germany 1919 – 193
  • Medicine Through Time(Focus Trench Warfare)
  • American West
  • Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588

Edxecel (9-1) History is assessed through 3 exams lasting 1hr 15 minutes each


Enrichment Opportunities

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