History is taught throughout the 5 years at Saint John Houghton.

It is compulsory study at Key Stage 3 and becomes an option at Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a varied study of different time periods. The studies are based on themes, Conflict, Ordinary Life, Empire, Power, Ideas and Beliefs and Movement and Settlement. This allows pupils to develop a sense of chronology and enables a broad programme of study and will also allow students to make links and connections across time periods.

Pupils will complete a number of different types of assessments over KS3. Some of these will be completed at home to allow for more detailed research skills and others will be completed in class, in order to develop the student’s skills at producing good quality work under time constraints. A key aim of the department is to encourage a real passion for the study of the past, by hoping to fire the students curiosity and imagination, by moving and inspiring them with the issue and dilemmas of people in the past. It hopes to develop the students own identities via an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. The programme will also stress the development of key competencies that are required to succeed at school and beyond.

At Key Stage 4 pupils who opt to study history follow the OCR Modern World History Syllabus

The OCR Modern World course involves the following:

  • A review of International Relations 1919-1945
  • A study of International Relations 1945-1975, involving the early years in the cold war conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the American involvement in Vietnam.
  • A detailed study of America 1919-1941.
  • British history 1890-1918.

The History Department, in its aim to inspire students to be involved with the past, has organised a number of extra-curricular activities.

Every second year GCSE students visit the First World War Battlefields. The trip centres on Ypres in Belgium and the Somme Battlefield in Northern France.

Key Stage 3 trips have included visits to the Imperial War Museum in London and the Beth Shalom Memorial Museum in North Nottinghamshire.

Particularly useful websites for student to use include;

Extension Homework

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 & 9

  • Using the information from your recent lessons create a key word glossary booklet (key word and definition).
  • Find an article on the BBC news website that links to the topic you are studying. Print it out and highlight the key areas.
  • Create a key term, word search for the topic you are covering I class at the moment. Word search blanks can be easily found on the internet. Search for “printable word search blanks”
  • Produce a picture collage about the topic you are covering in class. Add labels and see what the most unusual image is that you can find.
  • Do you have a test coming up? Create a revision booklet. Make sure you include key terms you need to know, any diagrams with labels and extra information that you can describe and explain.
  • SPELLING!!! – is one of your targets “spag”. Create a spellings list, of the words you are finding the most difficult. You can ask your teacher to check they all correct and then you can try to learn them.
  • EXPLAINING!! – is one of your targets to explain more?  List all the useful connectives you can think of and make a booklet to use in lessons and assessments to help you make sure you are writing sentences with elaborated
Extension Homework
Key Stage 4 Enrichment Activities


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