Head of History: Mr S Phillips, BA (Hons) York


History Teacher: Mrs V Stratton, BA (Hons) York


Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 History curriculum at Luckley House School by and large follows some of the key principles and content laid down by the  National Curriculum.  Our primary aim in History during Years 7, 8 and 9 is to foster an interest in the subject, build a sound knowledge of the topics we study and to develop the skills that our students will need as they study History (and other subjects) at higher levels.

Year 7

Students will cover an introductory unit considering ‘What is History?’ alongside key concepts such as causation, consequence, significance and chronology.  We also consider the nature of sources and evidence and how a historian tests these and uses them to answer historical questions.

In Year 7 we focus on study units covering the Medieval and Early Modern Period. In covering this huge and complex period we investigate specific key themes and fascinating stories including:-

  • 1066, the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest
  • the murder of Thomas Becket
  • the barons’ rebellion against King John and the Magna Carta
  • the Black Death
  • the Peasants Revolt
  • the Renaissance

Year 8

In Year 8 we cover study units looking at Britain from the 16th to 19th centuries. Topics covered will include:-

  • The Tudors – Henry VIII, the English Reformation and Elizabeth I
  • The Stuart Monarchs, the English Civil War and its aftermath
  • The economic and social changes of the Industrial Revolution
  • The development of the British Empire
  • Slavery and the Slave Trade

Year 9

In Year 9 we focus on 20th century history with a detailed look at the causes of the First World War and then the experience and impact of the two World Wars. In studying the causes of the First World War we consider the long and short term factors in the build-up to war and try to assess the responsibility to be ascribed to each of the participants for the outbreak of war. Our following studies include looking at the experiences of soldiers in the trenches during World War One, the aftermath of war including the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of the dictators in Europe. We conduct a detailed study into the causes of World War Two and then consider the experiences during this conflict of both combatants and civilians, including the Holocaust. We finish Key Stage Three by looking at the aftermath of the Second World War and some of the post war international relations such as the Cold War and the collapse of the British Empire.


This course covers some exciting and important periods of history from the modern and early modern period. You will study topics in depth and breadth and will develop key skills in evaluating evidence, making supported arguments and analytical thinking that will help you to be well equipped for A levels, further study and careers. There will be opportunities to learn outside of the classroom during the course of the GCSE.

Topics covered:

Understanding the modern world
Section A: Period studies
• Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B: Wider world depth studies
• Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Shaping the nation
Section A: Thematic studies
• Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to present day
Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment
• Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

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It would be advisable for you to take GCSE History if you wish to study History at A level.

A Level

A good historian is a person who asks why and is willing to seek the answers. The study of History helps us to understand the world around us and where it might be heading. History is extremely well regarded by universities as a preparation for higher level study, being classed as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group, equipping students with analytical and evaluative skills, and the ability to synthesize material from a wide range of sources.

By the end of the course you will have developed an excellent knowledge and understanding of aspects of English and Russian history. You will have an understanding of different political systems and how revolutions in both countries did not always deliver the positive results envisaged. You will have developed skills in analysing and evaluating evidence, weighing different interpretations and producing pointed, well-argued essays. You will also have had the opportunity to research and explore a topic of History independently and in depth.

Course Content

Unit 1: Breadth Study
Russia 1855-1964

Unit 2: Depth Study
The English Revolution 1625-60

Unit 3: Coursework Essay
African American Civil Rights c1860-c1968

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History Ace Pupil programme