Curriculum - History

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


We start off by testing and developing a key historical skill-enquiry, by looking at the Body in the Room.  We then look at the importance of William Duke of Normandy’s attack at Hastings and the long term consequences of this. Students then follow important events through the medieval period through Year 7. Year 8 sees students study Tudor and Stuart Britain, followed by London through Time and then Slavery in America. In Year 9 the students focus on 20th century history and for those who have opted for GCSE History, they will start this in the summer term.


GCSE students will follow the new 9-1 GCSE 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.


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


The History department at Chellaston Academy is dedicated to providing a broad experience and wide range of knowledge to history students with student progress and results central to our ethos. It is designed to encourage a love of studying past events, whilst providing students with the skills to understand and evaluate key historical issues.  In order to achieve this, by the end of their curriculum students will have developed their ability to explain and analyze past events, make links between events, evaluate issues such as causation, consequence, continuity and change and make critical use of a range of source material and historical interpretation.

The Department

Mrs Skinner

Subject Leader

Mr Donaghy

Mr Fricker

Mr Moran

Mr Davis

KS3 History

Year 7 Overview:


The Body in the Room Enquiry.


The Norman Conquest

• Why did William invade?

• The Battle of Hastings 1066

• The reasons for William’s victory.


The Impact of the Battle of Hastings

• The initial uprisings.

• Feudal system

• Doomsday Book


Medieval Society

• Life in of Medieval Peasants

• Life in Medieval Towns

• Disease and ill health

• The Peasants Revolt


Church and Crown

• The importance of the Medieval Church

• Henry II and governing England

• King John and the Magna Carta


Disease and Revolt

• Black Death

• Peasants Revolt



Year 8 Overview:


How Glorious was Gloriana?

• The issue of religion by c1558

• Elizabeth I and the ‘middle-way’

• Elizabeth and Spain

• The problem of the poor


Why was the world turned upside down by 1649?

• James I and the Gunpowder Plot

• The Civil War

• Republican England

• Witchcraft

• The growth in the belief in witches


 London through Time, c1660-1945

• The Plague of 1665

• The Great Fire of 1666

• Health problems in Victorian London

• The Blitz

• 7/7 Bombings

• Whitechapel- a historic environment study.


Civil Rights in the Americas c1500-1870

• Voyages of Discovery from c1492

• The importation of slaves from Africa

• Plantation life




Year 9 Overview:


Lincoln and the end of slavery

• American Civil War

• Lincoln’s role in the ending of slavery.

• Assassination of Lincoln.

• Life for Black Americans in the 1920s


The USA 1919-c1933

• Life in the USA

• Prohibition

• Arts and Entertainment

• The Economy


Nazi Germany

• Hitler and World War One

• Treaty of Versailles

• 1920s Germany- hyperinflation and success

• 1929 Wall Street Crash and its impact on the German people.

• 1933 Chancellorship.

• Life in Nazi Germany.

• Holocaust


Crime and Punishment

• Victorian policing

• Victorian crime

• The crimes of Jack the Ripper

• The limitations of police investigations in the twentieth century

• How police investigations have changed over time


Assassination of JFK

• 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


The First World War

• Causes of the Great War

• The Western Front

• Recruitment

• Life on the Home Front

• Medicine during the war



GCSE History

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

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


Progress Ladder

Available to download here.

Long Term Plan


Long Term Plans for History can be downloaded here