History at Tong covers a wide range of time periods, societies and concepts. Pupils will learn to deal confidently with chronology, change and continuity across time, and the idea of historical significance. They will develop critical analysis skills, learning to assess sources and infer meaning.

At Tong, we aim to provide engaging History lessons, tailored to the abilities of every pupil, to ensure young people develop a long-lasting love of history.

Understanding past events and people and their significance gives pupils a better insight into the world around them. We believe in the importance of not just learning history, but learning from history.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

Anglo Saxons and Norman Conquest 

The focus for year 7 is British history and students study it chronologically from Anglo Saxons until the British Empire. Year 7 starts before 1066, with a look at life in Anglo-Saxon Britain before looking at the Norman Conquest and its impact on Britain. There are clear links within the topic to migration, religion and monarchs.

Importance of the Church by 1558

The theme of the church is continued into the second topic area.  Students study the importance of the church and how it has developed education, medicine and welfare through the medieval world. Students are encouraged to make comparisons between the continued role of the church in the modern world.

Elizabethan England

There are clear links between the study of the church and the reign of Elizabeth I as a strong Queen. This module is vital as it presents women as strong individuals in history.

English Civil War

Following the Elizabethan unit, which focuses on the power of the monarchy, this unit follows the events of King Charles I and the clash with parliament. This unit ensures that students understand the structure of the monarchy and government in Britain and the power that it previously had in light of the events of the English Civil War.

How far did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?

The industrial revolution has undoubtedly shaped Bradford as a community with reminders all across the city. This unit ensures that students understand the impact that the Industrial Revolution had in Britain as a whole. This module is important as it includes a reference to the historical environment study, which demonstrates to students the local history of Bradford in depth in relation to social, political and economic changes that have shaped Britain. 

How influential was the British Empire? 

This ensures that students have a clear understanding of Britain’s impact on the world and allows them to make informed decisions on the legacies of key individuals such as Winston Churchill. This also exposes students to the study of other cultures as they examine the impact of the Empire on Britain.


The Slave Trade

Year 8 build on the knowledge gained in year 7 with a greater focus on European and world history.  Year 8 starts with the slave trade which links to prior learning of the British Empire in year 7.  Students develop their understanding of the British Empire and how it led to the slave trade and the human impacts of this.

Was the First World War a major international crisis? 

Studying the First World War draws together the students’ recent study of Britain’s place in the world and new industrial developments that will also change the nature of warfare. Students will gain an understanding of  modern international relations and difficult concepts such as communism and terrorism

What was life like in Hitler’s Germany?

The study of Hitler and Germany is a natural progression from the end of the First World War and the bitterness that existed in Germany after the Treaty of Versailles. It is vital that students can make informed judgements on historical events reflected by popular cultures. This scheme of work ensures that students understand the difference between democracy and dictatorship and allows them to develop empathy for those people in difficult conditions today.

How was morale built on the homefront during the Second World War? 

Links are made to the Second World War through Hitler’s social, political and economic policies. This unit allows students to understand the efforts undertaken by members of the British public during the Second World War. It also encourages students to look at the use of propaganda in Britain directly after studying propaganda in Hitler’s Germany.

How did the Holocaust change the lives of minorities? 

As a compulsory part of the national curriculum, we have done our best to ensure that our Holocaust education is of the highest standard possible.  We leave this penultimate study in year 8, as students need to have a sense of maturity to handle and understand such a sensitive yet vital issue. 

How did the Cold War become an international crisis?

The Cold War modules takes students into modern political events and goes a long way in explaining the current international situation. It also introduces the differences between Capitalism and Communism and the relationship between Britain, the USA and the European Union. This curriculum ensures that even if students do not study history further, they have a clear understanding of events from the past 2,000 years and the impact that they have had on the world around them.


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Paper 2 Section A Thematic Study

Britain health and people c1000 to the present day:

  • Medicine stands still
  • The beginnings of change
  • A revolution in medicine
  • Modern medicine

Paper 2 Section B

Elizabethan England 1568-1603:

  • Elizabethan England
  • A ‘Golden Age’


Paper 2 – Section B Continued

Elizabethan England 1568-1603

Paper 1 Section A

America, 1920-1973:Opportunity and inequality

  • The ‘Boom’
  • American society during the Depression
  • Post war American society and economy
  • America and the ‘Great Society’.

Paper 1 Section B

Conflict and tension in Asia 1950-1972

  • Conflict in Korea
  • Escalation of conflict in Vietnam
  • The ending of conflict in Vietnam

Historical Environment 


Formal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE History (1HI0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.