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Southfields Academy


Teacher contact details 


Key Stage 3 

Contact Teacher:    

Ms B Atley, Head of History

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time:

Students are taught in mixed ability Tutor Groups for one hour per week in Year 7 and two hours per week in Years 8 & 9.

Course Content/Skills Learnt:

Key Stage 3 History at Southfields Academy aims to ensure that all students understand the changing history of Britain, and how Britain has interacted with the rest of the world, as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the middle ages to the present day.  Through a range of learning techniques and activities we also want to teach the history of the wider world, including the experiences of different countries and groups of people around the world, reflecting Southfields' multicultural community.  Students will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts and displays, including written narratives and explanations.

Programme of study:

In Year 7: The Normal Conquest, Life in the Middle Ages, Was the King always in charge? Islamic Empire and the Crusades, Immigration to the U.K. over 2,000 years.

In Year 8: The Tudors and the Reformation, the English Civil War, the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Southfields, the British Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Russian Revolution, Civil Rights in America.

In Year 9: The First World War, The Second World War, The Atomic Bomb, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Abolition, Civil Rights in the 19th and 20th centuries, impact of 9-11.


Assessment is carried out 1/2 termly using the Southfields flightpaths through a variety of assessment methods - project work, extended writing tasks and display work.  Effort grades will take into account class contributions and homework.

Books/other materials/useful websites to visit/field trips etc:

BBC Bitesize is a brilliant resource with clips and information on most of the topics we cover.  Further resources for each unit can be found on Google Classroom.  Trips include: Black History Month (Museum of London), Theatre Performances, the Imperial War Museum, Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.  We aim to arrange a trip out of school for each year group every year.


History homework is set weekly on Google Classroom (or every other week for Year 7).  Homework consists of a variety of different activities to support and extend in class learning and build students' independence in preparations for GCSE.

How parents can help:

Take an interest in your child's history homework and in historical documentaries on television.  Discuss current and historical events with your child.  Encouraging your child to spend time reading at home is the best way to improve literacy which will help when studying history.

Key Stage 4

History GCSE



Qualification type

GCSE Edexcel specification

For more information speak to

Any member of the history department

The course is arranged into four units of study:

Medicine Through Time
How could a soiled nappy wipe our half of Soho?  How did a flea wipe out half the known world?  How did Britain come to lead the world in modern medicine?

These are the questions and many more will be answered in a study of the history and development of medicine through the following periods of history: Medieval, Renaissance, 19th and 20th Centuries, with an in-depth focus on surgery in the First World War.

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
Was Elizabethan England a "golden age"?  What problems did Elizabeth face?  How did she deal with plots and rebellions against her rule?  How was the Spanish Armada defeated?  What did Elizabethan people do for fun?  How did exploration of the world change England?

An in-depth study of perhaps the most famous period of British history.

The American West, c1835-c1895
How did Native American Indians live on the plains and how was this way of life destroyed by white migration?  What was it like for the early settlers in the West?  Who were Wyatt Earp and Sitting Bull?  Do the cowboy and Indian films reflect the real history?

A period of study of a fascinating time in American history which still resonates today.

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
How did a failed art student become the world's most notorious dictator?  What led this man to attempt to wipe out the Jewish population of Europe?  Why would Hitler award a gold medal to women who have eight babies?

An in-depth study of how Hitler came to power and took control of Germany, and whit it was like to live in Nazi Germany.

How will you be assessed?

  • Exam 1 - Source and knowledge exam on Medicine and Surgery in the First World War (30%)
  • Exam 2 - Knowledge based exam on Conflict in the Middle East and Early Elizabethan England (40%)
  • Exam 3 - Source, interpretations and knowledge exam on Weimar and Nazi Germany (30%)


Choosing history at GCSE will provide you with plenty of opportunities for further progression.  Colleges and universities consider history a crucial subject and a good GCSE in history will help you to obtain the Sixth Form and University places you hope for.  Many professions such as medicine and law feel that history opens the minds of students, and will look to employ people with a background in historical research.  Therefore, history can gain you entry into a wide range of careers, including television, radio, journalism, the police force, social work and the civil service.  History improves your written and analytical skills and whether you stay with history into A Level or move onto different subjects, history will give you the grounding to be successful in your further education and chosen career.

Key Stage 5 

Find out more about our sixth form courses.

History A Level

Politics A Level