The History department at Crispin provides an engaging curriculum which analyses the lives of real people and life changing events throughout different periods of history. It brings relevance to genuine situations through the exploration of a range of enquiries. The content we cover is designed to incorporate a variety of cultural, social, economic, and political issues in a world-wide setting to ensure that we help to improve pupils understanding of key developments over time.

Our department encourages the use of a range of transferable skills.  These are practiced regularly by analysing information, evaluating usefulness and developing a fluent argument based style of writing.  The range of topics and skills we offer ensures that we are a popular and successful options subject at GCSE.

Key Stage 3

The programme we provide at Key Stage 3 helps students to explore ideas such as cause and consequence, chronology, significance, interpretation and knowledge and understanding.  Each topic will use one or more of these ideas to challenge students' thinking and reasoning.

Below is a summary of the enquiries explored throughout the year for each year group.

Year 7 Year 8

Poos and Loos: When did toilets in Britain really change?


Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? 


What does the Black Death tell us about life in the Middle Ages?


Why were the Peasants angry enough to die in 1381?


Why was Richard Whiting killed?


Roanoke:  Why did England’s first colony fail?

Was the British Empire good for everyone?


What mattered most to the Edwardians?


How did 1 bullet cause 20 million deaths?


Why do we still ask questions about the assassination of J.F. Kennedy?


How should we remember the Holocaust?

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students will learn about each subject area using a variety of learning styles such as problem solving, analysis and evaluation, questioning and knowledge development.

Transition to Key Stage 4 is helped by the fact that students start to build on the skills already embedded during years 7 and 8.  Support is also provided through exam revision sessions during year 11 and the use of revision guides recommended to students.

Currently year 11 will be examined in the following units from the Edexcel History 9-1 course:

  • Warfare and British Society c1250 - present and London and the Second World War
  • The American West, 1835 - 1895
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 88
  • The USA, 1954 - 75: conflict at home and abroad.

Students will only be taking exams at the end of the two year course in May/June.  This subject is split into 3 papers of different weightings.

  • Paper 1 (30%): Warfare and British society and London and the Second World War
  • Paper 2 (40%): The American West and Early Elizabethan England
  • Paper 3 (30%): The USA: Conflict at home and abroad

From September 2018, those starting their GSCE course will be studying the following units:

  • Medicine through time c1250 - present and British Sector of the Western Front
  • The American West, 1835 - 1895
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 88
  • The USA, 1954 - 75: conflict at home and abroad.

Last Updated: July 2018