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The History Department at TGS offers a rich curriculum which aims to give both breadth and depth in terms of historical knowledge through enquiry-based learning. From years 7 – 9 there is a focus on spiralling key skills with appropriate scaffolding at each stage to allow the students to develop their own perspectives and interpretations on major historical debates. Wherever possible primary sources are at the heart of our teaching and learning and links are made to History in the news and key anniversaries.  

Years 7-9

Year 7 

  • What is History? Introduction to key historical concepts. 
  • Tollund Man enquiry 
  • Key events of 1066 culminating in the Battle of Hastings 
  • How William took control with a focus on castles 
  • Medieval Life including the Black Death and Peasants Revolt 
  • Medieval Church including the murder of Becket 
  • The Crusades 

Year 8  

  • Richard III and the rise of the Tudors 
  • Tudors 
  • British Empire and decolonisation 
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade and Enslavement 
  • US Civil Rights 

Years 10 & 11 (GCSE)

  •  Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. 
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88. 
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 
Co-curricular opportunities 
  • History Club 
  • Debating Society  
  • Online lectures 
  • Genealogy Club 
  • Sixth Form Reading Group 

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