'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)


(Berlin)(School Trip to Berlin)

Approach to Teaching

History at St Edmund’s involves an extensive variety of learning experiences to develop skills including historical source analysis, role play, discussion and debate. The aim of the History staff is to nurture the love of the subject and to develop enquiring minds. At St Edmund’s, we place great emphasis on getting pupils to think independently and question established viewpoints in History.

Investigations are encouraged outside the classroom with fieldtrips arranged for every year group. GCSE students, for example have the opportunity to come with us to Berlin, whilst Year 9 students visit the Imperial War Museum to examine the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany and gain a greater insight into World War I and II. Year 8 students visit the Historical Dockyard in Portsmouth and Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit Winchester Cathedral.

Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

Year 7

What is History?
How did the Norman conquest change Britain?
What was it like to live in the Medieval times?
Rats or Rebels: What was more significant in improving the lives of the Peasants the Black Death or the Peasants Revolt?
Challenges to the Kings Power: When did the Kings lose control?
Who was the most significant Tudor?


Year 8

Why was the British Empire so important?
How did Slavery end in Britain?
How did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?
How significant was Jack the Ripper?
What is the History of our Navy?
How did 2 bullets cause the death of 20 million people?


Year 9

Who were the dictators of 1930s? (Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini)
How did World War II change the lives of British people?
Did all Germans hate the Jews?
How did the British Empire come to an end? (India, Kenya, Hong Kong)
What is Terrorism?
How did one wall change the lives of so many people? (Berlin Wall)

Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

(OCR History B Modern World – J417, J117)

Unit A971 Aspects of International Relations, 1919–2005, and the chosen Depth Study

German Depth Study 1919-1945
Was the Weimar Government doomed from the start?
Why was Hitler able to dominate Germany by 1933?
How effective was the Nazi regime in controlling German people?
What was it like to live in Nazi Germany?

Cold War International Relations Core Study 1945-1970
Who was to blame for the Cold War?
Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

Written Paper
2 hours – 81 marks (45% of the qualification)

Question Paper:
2 parts: In Part 1, candidates answer questions depending on the core content they have studied. Part 2 is the depth study


Unit A972 British Depth Study

British Depth Study 1939-1975
How did immigration change Britain between 1939 and 1975?
How did life change for women between 1939 and 1975?
How did being a teenager change between 1939 and 1975?

Written Paper
1 hour 30 minutes – 53 marks (30% of the qualification)

Question Paper:
Candidates answer all questions.


Unit A973 Historical Enquiry

In recent years the enquiry has been upon the American West; although, due to the nature of the task the topic can change.

Controlled Assessment worth 50 marks (25% of the qualification)

Approximately 2000 words.