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Teaching & Learning


Bringing the past to life

To inspire and ignite a passion for who we are and where we came from. To promote curiosity and understanding of events of the past.

The History Team
Mrs L Thornham Lead Practitioner - History (Acting)
Mrs R Pattison Lead Practitioner - History (Maternity)
Mr M Bainbridge Teacher of History
Miss J Fields Teacher of History
Mr R King Teacher of History
Miss H Putnam Teacher of History
Mr J Thornham Head of Wilberforce House. Teacher of History

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

  1. Historical skills and terms – Pre 1066: Romans
  2. Norman Conquest
  3. Castles
  4. Murder of Thomas Beckett
  5. Black Death
  6. Peasants’ Revolt
  7. Tudor England
  8. Gunpowder Plot
  9. English Civil War

Year 8

  1. Industrial Revolution
  2. Slavery
  3. Titanic
  4. Suffragettes
  5. World War One
  6. Rise of Hitler
  7. World War 2
  8. Holocaust
  9. American Civil Rights

Key Stage 4 

GCSE History - AQA

Year 9

1. A British depth study – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88.

  • 1060-66 Conquest
  • 1066-87 William in power
  • 1066-88 Norman England

2. A thematic study involving the study of people, events and developments drawn from all time periods – Medicine in Britain c1250-present.

  • Medieval medicine
  • Renaissance medicine
  • 18/19th century medicine
  • 20th/modern medicine
  • Medieval medicine

Year 10

  1. Historic environment – The British sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • The Context of the British Sector on the Western Front
  • Medical Treatments on the Western Front
  • The significance of the Western Front for experiments in surgery and medicine
  1. A European or wider-world depth study (period study) – The American West c1835-c1895.
  • 1835-62 Early settlement of the West
  • 1862-76 Development of the Plains
  • 1976-95 Conflict and conquest


Year 11

  1. The USA, 1954-1975: conflict at home and abroad
    • The Development of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-60
    • Protest, progress and radicalism, 1960-75
    • US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954-75
    • Reactions to US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1964-75

Homework and Additional Resources

Across the year groups, teachers will set homework as appropriate.  Homework will be set to enhance learning not simply for the sake of setting homework.  This may include written work, research or revision.  In addition, students are encouraged to:

  • Read the daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps) to develop knowledge and understanding of the world today. 
  • Learn carefully and accurately the meaning of key words provided in class.
  • Use the revision resources provided in year 11.  

All students in years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to complete the History activities in their Learning Beyond the Classroom booklets. 

At Key Stage 3 students can also be encouraged to read historical novels to assist their learning, such as Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Arthur and the Seeing Stone (Year 7), Mary Hooper’s Fallen Grace or Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful (Year 8). Students may enjoy watching or reading the Horrible Histories series.

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE History:

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

N.B.  Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support with passwords, please contact your Head of House.

Sixth Form

Wolfreton is part of The Consortium Sixth Form Partnership and all sixth form course information can be found on on its website

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