Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.”

– Cicero

History

Our history curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential historical knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Miss A Cavanagh

Miss A Cavanagh

Head of Department for History

Our history curriculum is carefully designed and delivered to:

  • Inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past (OPENING HEARTS through inspiration)
  • Develop in pupils a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (OPENING MINDS to new knowledge)
  • Help pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time (OPENING MINDS to deeper understanding)
  • Equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement (OPENING DOORS through the application of developing skills)

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our Key Stage 3 history curriculum honours the breadth and ambition of the history national curriculum for Key Stage 3. (Please see addition national curriculum audit).

It is delivered in chronological order to support the development of pupils’ web of historical knowledge and ability to make links with their building knowledge of the past.

We have also linked clearly to the development of skills, with analysis of features and inference having a focus in Year 7 and 8.  In all years, students analyse the utility of a source.

History has two compulsory topics which we have placed into Year 8 and 9, we have also established clear links to local history throughout KS3.  We feel it is essential for students to study the events that have changed the face of Liverpool over the course of history, deepening their understanding of their local community.

Year 7Unit/Topic
AutumnRick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief'
SpringCharles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'
SummerArthur Conan Doyles' 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'
Year 8Unit/Topic
AutumnCharlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'
SpringJohn Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'
SummerWilliam Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Year 9Unit/Topic
AutumnSusan Hill's 'Woman in Black'
SpringWilliam Shakespeare's 'Henry V'
SummerMarjorie Blackman's 'Naughts and Crosses'

At GCSE, each unit selected allows students to develop their knowledge clearly and also have clear links to current events around the world.  

Year 10Unit/Topic
Autumn19th Century novel - 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
SpringExplorations in creative reading and writing (English Language Paper One)
SpringModern texts and poetry - 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley
SummerWriters' viewpoints and perspectives - non-fiction (English Language Paper 2)
Year 11Unit/Topic
Autumn 1'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare
SpringAQA Relationships Poetry Anthology
SummerRevision and Examination

Key Stage 4 History students follow the Edexcel GCSE History specification. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full GCSE History

Key Stage 5 History students follow the AQA A Level History specification. For further details, please follow the link below.’

Download Full A Level History

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