Welcome to History


At The Suthers School, we want our students to develop an appreciation for the past to enable them to become well rounded human beings. We aim for our students to leave having developed a broad range of knowledge, skills and morality in order for them to contribute to the multi-cultural global society in which they live and make a positive contribution to it. A vital part of this, is helping students to become aware of and developing, their own identities, and a quote which is at the heart of our department is ‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’ (Marcus Garvey). We endeavour to make our lessons interesting and exciting, igniting interest in our students, whilst making links between historical events and the modern world. All members of the department are passionate historians who aim for all students to achieve their very best. The department seek to foster mutual respect amongst individuals, teachers and students.


In Key Stage 3, students will study a broad curriculum that will cover periods ranging from Ancient times to the modern world. They will get the opportunity to study history within a local, national and international context. Students will engage in a series of different enquiries, where as young historians, they will investigate the topics which will culminate in them bringing together their ideas and knowledge to address a key question or to challenge or support an interpretation of an event. Students follow a three year Key Stage 3, with two lessons per week, which gives our young historians the chance to flourish in accessing a broad and wide ranging curriculum.

In Year 7, students will study the following topics, based around the theme of Power and the People, c1000-c1900:

Historical skills, including the Tollund Man investigation

The Norman Conquest and the impact this had on society

Problems faced by Medieval monarchs

The Tudors – the religious question and problems facing Elizabeth I

The English Civil War

The Industrial Revolution and the modernisation of Britain

The French Revolution

In Year 8, students will study a range of topics including:

Slavery – why this happened and the experience of slaves

The British Empire

The Suffragettes

The First World War – why this happened and the impact it had

The Russian Revolution

The Second World War and the Home Front in Britain

In Year 9, students continue their study of the 20th century and the modern world, particularly focusing on atrocities:

The Holocaust

Why America dropped the atomic bomb and the consequences

The Cold War

The Civil Rights movement – how this worked in the USA and the impact in the modern world

Modern terrorism

The Rwandan Genocide and how this compares with the Holocaust


In Key Stage 4 students will study AQA History, with a specification that offers:

Engaging and relevant content

A broad, comparable and coherent student experience

inspiring interest in History

An overview of a wide diversity of human experience

Students follow a two year GCSE course, with three lessons per week. The course is structured as follows:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

Conflict and tension: The inter-war years 1918-1939/Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Health and the People: c1000 to the present day

Elizabethan England c1568-1603

Each paper has a duration of two hours to complete. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are equally weighted in terms of total marks (50% each), with each paper worth 84 marks. There is no coursework involved in GCSE History with both papers assessed through examination.

To access the curriculum plans for each year group, please use the links at the side of this page.

If a year group link is not available please click contact us on contact@suthersschool.co.uk and our History Team will get back to you with further information.

May 2022


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