"The best prophet of the future is the past" - Lord Byron


History IS...

The study of the past in Britain and the wider world. It inspires curiosity in students to know more about the past and equips them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and give a judgement. Guided by the National Curriculum, History at Springwest delivers a knowledge rich curriculum which values students being able to understand and recall chronology and key historical themes whilst engaging with high level historical debates across the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods. Students will be able to comment on the relationship between people/church/state across these periods as well as referencing key events during these time periods. For example The Enlightenment, world conflict and developments in democracy. Students will reference a range of ambitious primary and secondary sources within their enquiries. This will mobilise our students to become more informed and active citizens.



Key Stage 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



How and why did the Normans conquer England?

How did the power balance in England change between people, state and the Church?

Why did Henry VIII break with Rome?

Which of Henry VIII's children was the most significant? 

Why was there a civil war in England in the 17th century?

How was the U.K. created?



What is the narrative of the French revolution?

Did the Industrial Revolution create a ‘hell on earth’?

Why was the British Empire so significant?

How do we remember the British Empire today?

Why was India partitioned in 1947?

Why do historians have different ideas about the abolition of the slave trade?


Was Germany solely responsible for WWI?

What were the consequences of WWI?

How Totalitarian were Italy and Germany?

Were the allies winning or surviving during the key points of WWII? 

Why did the Holocaust happen?

What is the narrative of the Vietnam war?



Paper 3: What was the Weimar Republic and why did it face opposition?

Paper 3: How did the Nazi Party take power in Germany?

Paper 1: How did ideas change about what caused disease?

Paper 1: How did ideas change about treatment and prevention of illness? 

Paper 1: How did medicine progress on the Western Front during WWI?

Paper 2: What were the biggest threats to Elizabeth I's reign?


Paper 2: How did life change in Elizabethan England?

Paper 2: Who started the fire? Beginnings of the Cold War

Paper 2: How did the Cold War progress and end? 

Revision time & exam practice

Revision time & exam practice


GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel



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