Curriculum - History

In the history department at Chellaston Academy we teach a broad range of British, European and World History.


We start off looking at what it means to be British, looking at the History of British migration, followed by one of the most famous British immigrants of all – William the Conqueror. Students then follow important events through the medieval period through Year 7. Year 8 sees students study Tudor and Stuart Britain, followed by the industrial revolution and then Slavery in America. In Year 9 the students focus on 20th century history and for those who have opted for GCSE History, will start this in the summer term.


2016/2017 sees the introduction of a new GCSE syllabus and we offer students Medicine in Britain c.1250-the present, The American West c.1835-1895, the reigns of King Richard I and King John 1189-1216 and the USA: Conflict at home and abroad 1954-75.


Our current year 11 students follow our old GCSE which offers four units, Germany 1918-45, Divided Union: USA 1954-75, Medicine 1845-1945 and Course and Causes of World War One.


Finally we offer a popular A-Level which includes units on Russia 1855-1964 & Tudor England are studied, as well as a coursework unit on a topic of their choice.


The History department at Chellaston School is dedicated to providing a broad experience and wide range of knowledge to history students with student progress and results central to our ethos.





The Department

Miss Sutton

Mr Fricker

Mr Moran

Mrs Skinner

Ms Coakley

Ms Morley

Mr Holloway

KS3 History

Year 7 Overview:


The Norman Conquest.

England before 1066

The strengths and weaknesses of the claims to the English crown

The invasions in 1066

The Battle of Hastings

The reasons for William’s victory.


Medieval Society

Life in early Medieval England

Health and Disease

The Black Death

The Peasants Revolt


Church and Crown

The importance of the Medieval Church

Henry I and the White Ship

Henry II and governing England

King John and the Magna Carta


Medieval Warfare


Hundred Years War


Year 8 Overview:


Elizabethan England, 1558-1603

The issue of religion by c1558

Elizabeth I and the ‘middle-way’

Elizabeth and Spain

The problem of the poor


The Stuarts, 1603-1660

James I and the Gunpowder Plot

The Civil War

Republican England



The growth in the belief in witches

Contemporary attitudes towards witchcraft



London through Time, c1660-1945

The Plague of 1665

The Great Fire of 1666

Health problems in Victorian London

The Blitz


Civil Rights in the Americas c1500-1870

Voyages of Discovery from c1492

The importation of slaves from Africa

Plantation life

The Civil War

Reconstruction and the failure to attain civil rights


Year 9 Overview:


The USA 1919-c1933

Life in the USA


Arts and Entertainment

The Economy


The First World War

Causes of the Great War

The Western Front


Life on the Home Front


The Challenge of Communism

The impact of the First World War on Russia

Hitler in the East

Europe 1945-9

The division of Vietnam and its position in the Cold War

Opposition to US involvement in Vietnam



An overview of Kennedy’s career to c1960

Political controversies and possible enemies made in the years 1960-63

The events surrounding Kennedy’s death in Dallas

Rejoinders to the conspiracy theorists

Policing in the Twentieth Century

The limitations of police investigations in the twentieth century

How police investigations have changed over time

The Justice system and its imperfections



GCSE History

2016/2017 sees the introduction of the new GCSE. This offers the following topics:



Medicine in Britain c1250- the present



The American West c1835-1895

The reigns of King Richard I and King John



The USA c1954-74: Conflict at home and abroad


All papers are a written examination and are undertaken at the end of KS4.


Course Content:


Medicine in Britain c1250- the present

⦁ Ideas about the cause of disease

⦁ Approaches to prevention and treatment

⦁ Case study: the Black Death 1348-49

⦁ Medical Renaissance

⦁ Case study: William Harvey and Great Plague

⦁ Pasteur’s Germ theory

⦁ Jenner and the development of vaccinations

⦁ Impact of the NHS; mass vaccinations

⦁ Fight against lung cancer in the twenty-first century


The American West c1835-1895

⦁ The Plains Indians: their beliefs and way of life

⦁ Migration and early settlement

⦁ Conflict and tension

⦁ The development of settlement in the West

⦁ Ranching and the cattle industry

⦁ Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians

⦁ Changes in farming, the cattle industry and settlement

⦁ Billy the kid, law and order

⦁ Destruction of the Plains Indians way of life.


The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189-1216

⦁ The feudal system

⦁ Kingship and succession – murder of Prince Arthur

⦁ King Johns character

⦁ How England was ruled in Richard I’s absence

⦁ Jews in Medieval England

⦁ The Crusades

⦁ King John’s downfall

⦁ Signing of the Magna Carta

⦁ Siege of Rochester


The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

⦁ The position of Black Americans in the early 1950s

⦁ Progress in education

⦁ Bus Boycott

⦁ Opposition to civil rights movement

⦁ Progress 1960-62

⦁ Peaceful protests and their impact 1963-65

⦁ Malcolm X and Black Power 1963-70

⦁ Martin Luther King

⦁ Reasons for US involvement in Vietnam 1954-63

⦁ Escalation of conflict under Johnson

⦁ Changes under Nixon 1969-73

⦁ Opposition to the war

⦁ Support for the war

⦁ The peace process and end of the war

⦁ Reasons for the failure of the USA in Vietnam


Our current year 11’s are the last year to study the GCSE Edexcel Level 1-2 Course



Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45

A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74



Course and Causes of First World War

Changes in medicine, c1845-c1945


Both papers are a written examination and are undertaken at the end of KS4.


Course Content:


Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45

⦁ The establishment of the Weimar Republic and its early problems

⦁ The recovery of Germany, 1924-29

⦁ The rise of Hitler and the Nazis

⦁ Life in Nazi Germany

⦁ Germany during the Second World War


A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74

⦁ McCarthyism and the Red Scare

⦁ Civil rights in the 1950s

⦁ The impact of Martin Luther King and of Black Power

⦁ Protest movements: students, women, anti-Vietnam

⦁ Nixon and Watergate


The origins and course of the First World War, 1905-18

⦁ The alliance system and international rivalry, 1905-14

⦁ The struggle for control in the Balkans, 1905-14

⦁ The growth of tension in Europe, 1905-14

⦁ The Schlieffen Plan and deadlock on the Western Front

⦁ The War at Sea and Gallipoli

⦁ The defeat of Germany


Changes in medicine, c1845-c1945

⦁ Medical knowledge and understanding in the mid-nineteenth century

⦁ Changes in surgery and in understanding the causes of disease

⦁ Changes in hospital treatment and the role of women in medicine

⦁ Developments in public health provision

⦁ The importance of the two world wars in bringing about change



A-Level History

Religious Conflict & the Church of England c1529 - 1570


Year 12

⦁ What was the political & social role of the church?

⦁ What was the churches spiritual role?

⦁ Who were the early reformers?

⦁ What were the main criticisms of the church?

⦁ The King's 'Great Matter'

⦁ The Reformation Parliament

⦁ Factions that formed as a result

⦁ The dissolution of the monasteries


Year 13

⦁ Henry VIII’s will and Edwards inheritance

⦁ The development of doctrine and further reform under Edward VI

⦁ Opposition to Edward VI

⦁ Mary’s accession, aims and opposition

⦁ Blood Mary – her persecution and reform

⦁ Religious divisions on Elizabeth’s accession

⦁ The re-establishment of the Church of England

⦁ The threat of Mary Queen of Scots

⦁ The end of the Tudor reign.



Autocracy, reform and revolution - Russia 1855 - 1917


Year 12

⦁ Russian autocracy in 18855

⦁ Alexander II's ‘The Tsar Reformer’

⦁ The autocracy of Alexander II and Alexander III

⦁ Growth of opposition to tsarist rule

⦁ Nicholas II and the challenge to autocracy

⦁ The revolutions

⦁ Russia in wartime

⦁ Establishment of Bolshevik government


Year 13

⦁ New leaders and ideologies

⦁ The Communist dictatorship

⦁ Leninist/Stalinist Society

⦁ Communist control and Terror

⦁ Stalinism in wartime

⦁ Khrushchev and reaction to Stalinism

⦁ Opposition and the fall of Khrushchev

⦁ The Soviet Union by 1964


Flight Path

The table below shows the Flight Path of targets our students will aim for in their journey throughout Key Stage 3. Meeting these challenging targets will represent outstanding progress that is significantly above the National Average. We hope that in some circumstances, students will exceed these targets.

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for History can be downloaded here