In Humanities we believe that the earth was provided by God and is ours to cherish. It is our goal to ensure that our pupils understand how to be good global citizens, independent thinkers and prepared for many of the social, moral and ethical challenges that we face. Humanities contributes to our learning and faith community by:

  • Studying the history and geography of the planet
  • Ensuring that our pupils are empathetic, tolerant and reflective individuals that will play a part in sharing the future of their world
  • Studying the contrasting environments of the planet to understand the links between people and the environment
  • Studying past conflicts so that they can be avoided in the future
  • Understanding the past and present experiences of different world communities and promoting tolerance
  • Encouraging pupils to develop and articulate opinions on important matters in the world.


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History helps pupils develop the skills and knowledge to understand today.  The study of history at Cardinal Heenan gives a sound overview of the history of Britain, Europe, life around the world and the people and events of the past.  By focusing upon enquiry we encourage pupils to find out about history for themselves.  Furthermore, history helps us to gain an understanding of the different opinions and cultures over time. Pupils will develop a wide range of skills in enquiry, cause and consequence, knowledge and understanding as well as significance, interpretation and empathy. Within History pupils learn to develop the skills of:

  • Independent enquiry - learning to ask questions and use research to develop knowledge of key people and events
  • Effective Participation and Co-operation - getting involved in lessons through individual, pair and group activities and assignments          
  • Creative Thinking and Imagination - considering the importance of key people and events from a range of perspectives with empathy        
  • Literacy - improving key writing and literacy skills      


Programme of Study


History KS3 PoS


Year 7

Pupils begin by looking at the skills of history in a “What is History?” enquiry.  The focus is then British history from The Middle Ages until Tudor times. 

Autumn Term: The Norman Conquest

Spring Term: Life in The Middle Ages and developments towards Early Modern Britain

Summer Term: The age of the Tudors and Stuarts, including the age of exploration


Year 8

Pupils learn about empires; the growth of the British Empire; and social and political changes in Britain

Autumn Term: The Age of Empire and Slavery

Spring Term: Dying for the Vote.

Summer Term: Changes in the Twentieth Century World


KS4 History


Year 9

Studies begin by developing greater understanding of the Twentieth Century.  The key themes of Communism, Fascism and Nazi dictatorship are explored to provide the building blocks for the GCSE course in History (AQA examining body).  Pupils develop further the essential skills of source evaluation and extended writing.

Autumn Term: The First World War and Peace Making

Spring Term: Totalitarianism and War

Summer Term: Medicine through Time; Ancient Civilisations


Year 10

GCSE studies continue with a key focus on Medicine through Time, in preparation for Paper 1 of the AQA GCSE Syllabus A.

Autumn Term: Medicine: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Controlled Assessment Visit to Saltaire

Completion of Controlled Assessment Question 1

Spring Term: Medicine: Developments in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Summer Term: Completion of Controlled Assessment Question 2


Year 11

GCSE studies continue with a key focus on Weimar and Nazi Germany, in preparation for Paper 2 of the AQA GCSE Syllabus A.

Autumn Term: The Rise of the Nazis and Consolidation of Power

Mock examinations

Spring Term: Life in Nazi Germany


Summer Term: Revision and Examinations


How the History Department actively promotes British Values through the curriculum

The History Department follows a broad and balanced History curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which encourages active student participation and promotes a range of British values.

The importance of democracy underpins the whole curriculum: in Year 8 pupils study the growing importance of gaining the vote with studies on 19th Century Britain and the Suffragettes.  A study of slavery and its abolition in Year 8 helps pupils to focus upon injustice in society. In Year 9 we look at the Twentieth Century world and how war has affected Britain. 

History is one of the most popular options at KS4.  Pupils examine different views of societies over time.  They investigate the rise of fascism and how people from different groups were treated in Nazi Germany.  Similarly, a study of Saltaire brings pupils to appreciate local history and the changing environment over time.

GCSE History

Board:  AQA  Subject Code: 8145



Paper 1: Understanding the modern world Percentage of total mark 50%
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

What's assessed

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at
least a 50 year period.

In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation Percentage of total mark 50%
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

What's assessed

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.

In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.


Recommended revision texts

Substantial revision guides / packs are produced by the History Department and distributed free to students.
The Department strongly advise the purchase of Philip Allen Revision Books (available from History teachers).


Tips for Parents

Places of interest/events to visit connected with syllabus
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds


Helpful websites Cold war, Nazi Germany, Russian Revolution, First World War etc revision sheets, archive of questions and model answers, primary evidence, source work etc.  
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