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

  • This topic covers what happened at Pompeii by evaluating the utility of historical sources.

The Normans

  • This topic covers the Norman invasion and how William the Conqueror maintained power and control.

Medieval Life

  • This topic covers life in Medieval England focusing on whether life for peasants was ‘Mucky and Miserable.’

The Tudors

  • This topic covers the Tudor monarchs and the changes that occurred during the English Reformation.
The Industrial Revolution

  • This topic covers an in-depth study of life in Britain during the Industrial Revolution

The French Revolution

  • This topic covers the causes and consequences of the French Revolution.

Twentieth Century Conflicts

  • This topic covers both the First and Second World Wars, concentrating on the causes and consequences of these significant events.

The Homefront

  • This topic covers an in-depth study of life in Britain during the Blitz, challenging historical interpretations of this period.

The Holocaust

  • This topic covers the causes and events of the Holocaust, with a focus on pupils understanding why it is important to remember the Holocaust today.
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Unit 1 – A Period Study and British Depth Study:

  • Anglo Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1088
  • The American West, c1835-1895
Unit 2 – Thematic Study and Historic environment:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches
Unit 3 – Modern Depth Study:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Internal 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.