Crispin School


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 students' 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 Year 9
  • What different stories can we tell about Britain 500-today?
  • Poos and Loos: When did toilets in Britain really change?
  • Why did William win at Hastings?
  • Is Simon Schama Correct?
  • The First Crusade
  • What does the Black Death tell us about life in the Middle Ages?
  • Why were the peasants angry enough to die in 1381?
  • Is Wat Tyler significant enough to have a local park named after him?
  • Why was Richard Whiting killed?
  • Did the English Civil War really matter?
  • What made Africa, Africa? A study of the Kingdoms of Mali and Benin
  • What did the Akan Drum see? A study of the North Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • Why is there no statue of Wilberforce in the former Slave colonies?
  • Are we right to commemorate the life of a slave trader?
  • How did the British Empire grow?
  • India: The British Empire is the greatest tool for good the world has ever seen?
  • Was Toynbee correct about the Industrial Revolution?
  • Was the nineteenth century the period of Christianity’s greatest success?
  • How did the political landscape of Britain change during the 19th and 20th centuries?
  • How does 1 bullet cause 20 million deaths?
  • The Battle of the Somme: Fact or Fiction
  • To what extent was there an “assault on democracy” after the First World War?'
  • How did Hitler control Germany?
  • Was WWII a positive experience?
  • How can we explain the Holocaust?
  • A study on migration

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.

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

  • 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.

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.

Last Updated: September 2019

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