At Saxon Mount School the study of History ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and to encourage our students to develop their historical knowledge, skills and understanding. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, our students begin to understand how the past influences the present. History enables the students at Saxon Mount to help develop a sense of identity and a knowledge of significant events and people that has shaped the world they live in. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.



The History curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or learning need, to flourish. We teach the National Curriculum, ensuring that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian enabling the students to weigh up their decisions and reach their own conclusions. To do this successfully, as historians, they need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skills that will help them in their adult life.


Topics studied in Year 7

The Norman Conquest – Invasion, power and a visit to Battle Abbey

Elizabeth 1 – Power, Mary and the Armada

Native American Indians – Tribes, life and survival on the Plains

Topics studied in Year 8

Charles 1 and Oliver Cromwell – Power, Execution and the Civil War

Industrial Revolution – The changes in power, farming, industry, mines and mills.

French Revolution – Revolutionaries, Storming of the Bastille, Napoleon

Topics studied in Year 9

World War I – Who was involved, Conscientious objectors, women

World War II – Who was involved, Battle for Britain, Evacuees

Dynasties – Ching Dynasty, Last Emperor of China and Romanovs, Revolution




Exam Board: AQA             Qualification: GCSE 9-1                  Level: 1 / 2

This qualification enables pupils to study different aspects of the past so they can engage with key issues in the present for example constitutional monarchy and government (the recent proroguing of parliament) or why the British Empire expanded and ultimately fell (Windrush migration and independence) or the study of the Cold War and the rise and fall of Communism. This subject allows our pupils to see the bigger picture of where we as a nation have come from and where we are going to. History develops the pupil’s skills of debate, communication and explanation.


Paper 1 – Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period studies, American West

Section B: Wider World Depth Studies, Cold War

1 hour 45

84 marks


Paper 2 – Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic studies , Migration, Empire and People

Section B: British depth studies, Restoration

1 hour 45

84 marks