Batchwood School: Make Everyday Count


Key stage 3

Aims of the Course

History at Batchwood aims to develop our student’s knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Students will investigate the past in an interactive way and understand the different ways it has been interpreted.  They will also develop the ability to carry out historical enquiries in order to formulate their own judgements.

The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

Know and understand the history of the British Isles.
Develop an understanding of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world and the nature of ancient civilisations.
Gain and deploy historical understanding.
Understand historical concepts and analyse trends.
Ask historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts.
Understand the methods of historical enquiry.
Have the ability to successfully analyse sources and interpretations of key events.


The teaching resources used as part of our history course are designed to make history interactive. This interactivity engages students and allows for differentiation to make History accessible to all students. Activities and projects that our students will encounter during KS3 are designed to challenge and develop our student’s historical knowledge.

Course Content

Students will study a range of British history starting with the Norman Conquest and moving through to the Black Death, these will incorporate source analysis and historical enquiry.

In the latter part of the Autumn Term, students will embark on a project analysing Castles. This will see students investigating the past and carrying out an in-depth historical enquiry. The summer term will see students study the first British colonies and this will allow them to make connections between local, regional, national and international history.


All students will be assessed at the beginning of the academic year to establish their previous subject knowledge and their skill set.

Throughout the year students will be assessed on their written prose and source analysis through various tasks. This will allow staff to monitor progress and establish student’s levels in alignment with the National Curriculum. Levelling will allow staff to work with students in order to set targets and provide further support.

Key Stage Four

Aims of the course

Our students will be entered for the GCSE History qualification which will allow them to build on their skills and knowledge that they gained throughout Key Stage 3. Students will explore periods in history that they have not previously encountered. They will analyse and study the key features of these events in relation to the present day.

Students will look at the rise of Hitler in their first year of the course, before completing a controlled assessment in the spring and summer term. Year 11 will see students develop an understanding of Medicine through time, before sitting two exams in the summer term. These exams assess their knowledge of the two units studied over the two year course. 

Course Content

Batchwood School students will study for the AQA GCSE History and the exam board expects candidates to:

Actively engage in the process of historical enquiry.
Develop their knowledge of selected periods, societies and aspects of history.
Develop an awareness of how the past is represented and interpreted.
Develop the ability to ask relevant historical questions.
Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding.
Recognise their historical knowledge understanding, skills help them understand the present.


Students at Batchwood School will have the opportunity to achieve:

GCSE History (AQA)

We are not makers of history, we are made by history - Martin Luther King