Year 7

History in Y7 will equip students with the key skills required to investigate and explore History in their time at Newman College, including understanding key words and terminology, counting in dates and time and how to interrogate Historical primary and secondary evidence.

Students will then study two hugely significant invasions in British History; the Romans invasion of Britain and the Norman Conquest. In the remainder of the year students will undertake and depth study in the development of castles before discovering how the power of the monarch was challenged in Medieval, Tudor, and Stuart England.

  • Key Historical skills, Roman Britain and The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval castle, challenges to the crown and the Tudor Reformation
  • Elizabethan England & the English Civil War

Year 8

The majority of Y8 History will be devoted to studying significant events in British and World History that took place during the 19th century. Students will start the year learning about the changes Britain experienced during the Industrial Revolution.

Continuing to study 19th century history, students will learn about the tragedies of the slave trade in. During the Spring Term students with learn about the nature of crime and policing in Victorian London, with a case study around the police search for Jack the Ripper and study Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

Finally, the Summer Term of Y8 will see pupils learning about the struggles of the American Civil Rights movement and they will finish off the year by having an in depth study of resistance and resilience of the British public from Peterloo up to present day.

  • The Industrial Revolution and the slave trade
  • Victorian crime and punishment and the First World War
  • American Civil Rights movement and From Blitz to Bees.

Year 9

History in Y9 will see students carry out an extensive in-depth study of 20th century world History, as well as beginning their GCSE specification.

Students will begin the year studying the social conditions in Germany after WWI that ultimately led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party as well as the tragedy of the Holocaust. Students will then the causes of the Second World War.

During the Spring Term students will begin their first History GCSE unit topic on The American West. The final Summer Term will see them begin their second GCSE unit topic on the Elizabethan England

  • The causes of the Second World War
  • The key events of the Second World War
  • GCSE Paper 2, Part A- The American West c1835-1895
  • GCSE Paper 3 Part B- Elizabethan England c1558-1588

Year 10 & 11

Y10 GCSE History will require students to complete their study of the development of the American West, learning about the different types of people that settled the west, the causes of conflict, and ultimately destruction of the Plains Indians way of life.

In the second half of the Autumn Term Y10 students will begin to learn about their third GCSE unit on Elizabethan England, studying the problems Elizabeth I faced as a female monarch and her attempts to expand and colonise the Americas.

After the Easter holiday Y10 will begin to learn about their final GCSE unit on Nazi Germany, learning about the rise of the Nazis, how they consolidated their power and what life would have been like living in Nazi Germany.

Y11 will begin by completing their Nazi topic followed by revision lessons for the remained of the year in preparation for the summer GCSE examinations.

  1. Year 10 GCSE Paper 2 Part A – The American West c1835-1895.
  2. Year 10 GCSE Paper 2 Part B – Elizabethan England c1558-1588.
  3. Year 11 GCSE Paper 2 Part B – Elizabethan England c1558-1588.
  4. Year 10 GCSE Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
  5. Year 10 GCSE Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
  6. Year 11 Revision & final exams