The teaching of History at the Phoenix Academy aims to inspire the pupils to have a lifelong love of learning about the past. During the course pupils will find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world and relate past events to the present day. By understanding and evaluating the decisions, beliefs and events of the past, the pupils will develop their own identities and ability to make reasoned decisions in their own lives. Throughout the course the pupils will develop their chronological understanding and an awareness of cultural diversity. They will also study the causes and consequences of events and learn what has changed over time and what remains the same today. The pupils will analyse the importance and validation of different types of sources of evidence from the past and will visit many historical sites and museums related to the different areas of study.

The course follows a chronological framework of British history from the Middle Ages (1066) to the 20th Century. The themes of conflict, crime and punishment and health will be studied throughout the course related to the different time periods.


Key Stage 3

In year 7 the units of work cover the middle age s to the 1600 including:

  • The Norman Conquest in 1066 and its impact on England
  • The power of the monarchs and the Feudal System/Doomsday Book
  • The role of the church
  • The War of the Roses-the Tudor and Stewarts
  • The power of the Tudor monarchs including Henry V111 and Queen Elizabeth 1
  • The changes to the church
  • War with Spain and the Armada
  • Aspects of life in Elizabethan times

In year 8 the units of work cover the period from 1600 to 1900 including:

  • The power of the monarchs and Parliament
  • The English Civil War
  • Industrial Revolution and its impact on life in Britain
  • Famous Engineers and inventions
  • The British Empire
  • The transatlantic slave trade

In year 9 the units of work cover the period from 1900 to 2000 including:

  • The reasons for war including WW1 and WW2 and today
  • Propaganda
  • The development of weapons and methods of combat
  • The contribution of soldiers of the British Empire
  • The Home Front and the Blitz
  • Adolf Hitler as a leader
  • The Holocaust
  • The dropping of the nuclear bombs in WW2
  • The cold war and nuclear power
  • The Berlin Wall
  • The major inventions and developments of the 20th Century


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 pupils may choose History as an option. There are two courses available one is OCR GCSE Specification A History Schools Project J415 and the other is OCR Entry Level Certificate 3990A. Both courses are studied over two years.

Those pupils following the GCSE course will complete three separate modules:

  • A study in depth on Germany1919-1945 – Assessed by external exam paper 1
  • A study in development on Medicine Trough Time – Assessed by external exam paper 1 and 2
  • A controlled Assessment based on a local study – Assessed through coursework

Those pupils following the Entry Level Course will follow the same topics as above but in less depth and produce a piece of coursework on each. They must also complete a study and complete a piece of coursework on a famous person of their choice and on Elizabethan England. There is no exam.