At Samuel Ward the history department ensures you gain a full rounded education looking at many different time periods and topics, as well as teaching you how to debate, construct arguments, analyse historical interpretations, as well as assessing the usefulness of primary sources as forms of evidence.

Students learn content in year 7 from Romans through to key historical figures from the present day to make sure everyone has a solid overview of history across time. In year 8 students will learn how to approach key topics in depth such as the slave trade, causes and consequences of WW1 and WW2, as well as how woman gained the vote and more. At GCSE students learn four main different topics focusing on Medicine and treatment from Medieval times until present day as well as understanding surgery on the Western Front. They will also learn about the construction and fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi party. As students enter year 10 and 11 they will start to look at complex topics in depth surrounding the Cold War looking at the power struggle between USA and the USSR, focusing mainly on the changing situation within Europe and the Satellite states. Finally for GCSE, students will learn about the Anglo-Saxons to make sure their breadth of knowledge is sound. 

When students enter A-Level they will have the opportunity to learn about the Tudors, Russian Revolutions, and American Civil Rights for African Americans. Throughout all the courses students will learn at different levels how to analysis primary sources, as well as how to assess historical interpretations. They will also learn how to carry out independent research which is robust, giving them the confidence to challenge sources of information.

Year Key Stage Curriculum Map
7 & 8 KS3 Download
9, 10 & 11 KS4 Download
12 & 13 KS5 Download

Department Staff

  • Mrs D Braverman

    Teacher of History

  • Mr C Hogg

    Head of Yr 13 & history teacher

  • Mrs T Menhinick

    Head of history & leadership development co-ordinator

  • Miss D Stevens

    History teacher