Curriculum Intent

In History, our intent is:

  • To create a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain, set in the context of the wider world 
  • To provide knowledge on a variety of events/ people for students to analyse and build their own judgements using those facts as evidence whilst developing students’ ability to undertake historical enquiry by asking and answering questions
  • To provide a diversity rich curriculum with regular connections to the local context through the teaching of history at different scales and different depths and breadths
  • To know and understand a wide variety of historical experiences through a study of social, economic, religious and political histories 
  • To embed the secondary key concepts in history: causation and consequence, similarity and difference, change and continuity, significance, through a chronological study of the past

Curriculum Plan

History Curriculum Overview 2022 2023


Student Learning Journey

History Student Learning Journey


Exam Board Information

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE History (1H10) https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

  • Paper 1: Crime and  in Britain C1000 to the Present Day
  • Paper2: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088
  • Paper 2: The American West 1835-1895
  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939


Key Stage 5

AQA A Level History (7042): https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042/specification-at-a-glance

  • 1C The Tudors: England 1485-1603
  • 2H France in Revolution, 1774-1815
  • NEA Social and Political Change in 19th Century Britain

Reading List


Freedom (1783) by Catherine Johnson  

I Am David by Anne Holm  

War Horse, Goodnight Mr Tom and Private peaceful by Michael Morpurgo  

Horrible histories series  

When Hitler stole pink rabbit Judith Kerr 

The book thief – Marcus Zusak  

The diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank 

J Holt: Robin Hood 


Graphic Novels  

Sapiens A Graphic History, Volume 1: The Birth of Humankind (Sapiens, 1) 

Black and British: An Illustrated History by David Olusoga 



BBC history home school history 

Battle of Hastings https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jp20 

Mary queen of scots – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3GDZLVN4cJ87MWGFtkVLzqZ/homeschool-history-lesson-mary-queen-of-scots 

The Restoration – 



BBC – History: Middle Ages 

Spartacus Educational (spartacus-educational.com) 

The History Learning Site Covering All Historical Topics 


Career Links

An education in History develops a range of skills highly valued by employers such as critical thinking, analytical skills, interpretation, communication, debate and essay writing. Students from Christ the King choose to go on to study History undergraduate degrees every year and further develop these skills which opens doors to careers in Law, Politics, Journalism, Media and Education.

History is a highly-valued and well-respected subject in further education and employment; if you would like more information we recommend you visit https://www.history.org.uk/student/resource/2914/careers-in-history for more information.


Extra Curricular Information

We offer extra-curricular opportunities in each Key Stage to support student learning. In KS3 we visit Nottingham Castle in Year 8 to explore the history of reform and riot as part of our ongoing local history throughout the curriculum. Students in Year 8 study the Holocaust and we will be offering a visit to the National Holocaust Centre in Newark as part of this unit this year.

During the GCSE course we visit the National Justice Museum in Nottingham to introduce the Crime and Punishment unit to see the changing nature of crime, their sanctions and policing over the last millennium in Britain. In Year 12 A Level students visit the Hallward Library at the University of Nottingham to collect sources on political and social change in Britain during the 19th Century.


Subject Leader Information

Subject Leader: Mrs Sinoia Edwards

Email: sedwards@christtheking.notts.sch.uk


Teaching Staff

Mr Hughes: shughes@christtheking.notts.sch.uk

Mr Lightfoot: plightfoot@christtheking.notts.sch.uk

Miss Mason: omason@christtheking.notts.sch.uk