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History Department


# Name
Subject Leader History Miss N Hawkey
History Teachers

Mrs J Elliott
Mrs J Stevens
Mr P Wenham


The History department at Knole Academy provides an education which looks at issues on a local, national and international stage and encourages the students to look at their own views and understand the views of others.

We endeavour to provide all students with the opportunity to gain a meaningful understanding of the past, which is relevant to their own experiences.  We also encourage a mature appreciation of the present world in the light of the successes and mistakes of the past. We want our History students at Knole Academy to become citizens in a global society with a well-rounded education of the past.

There are many trips linked with our programmes of study which allow the students to further explore the issues discussed in class. The skills learnt in and outside the classroom will enable each student to grow into well-informed citizens, allowing them to excel in future careers.

Key stage 3

Students study topics that span from Medieval England to the Twentieth century world, allowing them to appreciate the influence that the past has had on the world that they are living in.

Lesson activities vary but could include: video clips, role-play, group and individual projects, debates and essays.

Year 7

  • Historical skills
  • The Anglo-Saxon world through to the Norman Conquest
  • Medieval life
  • Tudor England
  • English Civil War and the Restoration
  • Project based learning (consolidation of skills)

Year 8

  • Slavery and Empire
  • Industrial Britain
  • Social protest in the 18th and 19th Century
  • The conflict of the First World War
  • The conflict of the Second World War
  • The Holocaust

Key Stage 4

History is a very popular choice at GCSE. We follow the Edexcel 2016 specification. This subject is assessed through 100% examination of the three units (see below).

Paper 1 - Medicine in Britain. c1250 - present, plus the British sector of the Western Front, 1914 - 18: surgery and treatment. (1 hour 15mins).

Paper 2 - Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 - 91, plus Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509 – 40 (1 hour 45 mins).

Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 39 (1 hour 20 mins).

What texts would you recommend?

1) “Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Revision Guide and Workbook”. 

  • a. Medicine in Britain
  • b. Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • c. Superpower relations and the Cold War
  • d. Henry VIII

2) “Target grade (Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History”. 

  • a. Grade 9 is available for Medicine and the Western Front, Weimar and Nazi Germany and Superpower relations and the Cold War. 
  • b. Grade 5 is available for Medicine and the Western Front, Weimar and Nazi Germany and Superpower relations and the Cold War. 

What websites would you recommend?

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zw4bv4j

Youtube BBC teach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVJV8iEAm88&list=PLcvEcrsF_9zJ8AqMTFZycm46Ks4DdSaLM

Youtube Simple History (not all relevant): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC510QYlOlKNyhy_zdQxnGYw 

Enrichment and extra-curricular

Key stage 3

  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Battle Abbey (joint with Maths dept.)
  • Bletchley Park (joint with ICT dept.)

Key stage 4

  • Battlefields trip: Ypres and the Somme
  • Hampton Court

Key Stage 5

Students are studying IB history and over the two year course students will study a global history, looking at aspects of world history which have a direct impact on the modern world.

Throughout the progress of the course students of IB history will become more curious of the past, asking questions and wanting to seek answers; the foundation skills that they have learnt through their key stage 3 and 4 teaching will set them up with an excellent grounding for their further study in years 12 and 13. Communication will become a key part of the students’ work in IB history, with continuing development this vital life skill for the students will serve them well as they look to move onto further education at university or employment.



Length of exam

Qualification %


Paper 1

1 hour


Prescribed topic – Rights and Protest

in the USA and South Africa.

4 structured questions

Source based exam

Paper 2

1 hour 30 mins


Essay based on world history topic –

Authoritarian States (Germany and

Cuba) and The Cold War and

Superpower tensions and rivalries

(focus on the Berlin Wall and the

Cuban Missile Crisis).

Two essay questions answered.

Paper 3

2 hours 30 mins


Essay based exam focusing on

European history topics – Aspects of

the Reformation, Late medieval

political crises and Society, politics

and economy in Britain and Ireland


Answer 3 essay questions.

Historical investigation

20 hours


During this part of the course you will

be expected to pose and investigate

your own historical enquiry which will

be based upon the use and evaluation

of historical sources. It is an

opportunity to deepen your knowledge

of topics that you have already studied

or investigate something entirely new.


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