The History Department at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre aims for pupils to acquire and develop:

  • An overview of the past.
  • An increasingly firm understanding of organising concepts.
  • More purposeful and increasingly analytical enquiry.
  • A grasp of the importance of historical interpretation.

 Through their study of History, we hope students will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of contemporary society
  • Respect for social, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Skills to actively participate in our complex and plural society

 The Department

There are three teaching members of staff within the History Department. We are housed in a dedicated suite of three classrooms, situated close to a shared office. The Department is well resourced and enjoys an excellent professional relationship with the Music, RE and PSHE staff, who are all located in the same area.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, History is taught for 4 x 50 minute lessons per two-week timetable cycle. As this is a community school with a full range of ability, teaching in History is in mixed ability House groups in Year 7 and by set in Year 8.

Topics Taught


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Introduction to History & the Neolithic Revolution

The Middle Ages

Tudors and Stuarts

Year 8

Black Peoples of the Americas

 The Georgians


 The British Empire

The World Wars and Holocaust


Key Stage 4

At KS4, History is a popular option choice and all groups receive 5 x 50 minute lessons per cycle. The specification taught is the Edexcel GCSE (9-1). Students investigate Crime and Punishment in Britain, Henry VIII and his Ministers, The American West and Weimar and Nazi Germany. There will be an opportunity to visit a historic environment in Year 11.

Key Stage 5

At KS5, we retain good numbers of students and follow the new OCR specification – H505.  There are three examination units on the Later Tudors (1547-1601), Russia (1894-1941) and US Civil Rights, which includes Native Americans, trades unions and women’s rights too. There is also a coursework unit in the second year and the topic of study is a free choice for the students themselves.

More information

Detailed schemes of work exist for all study units in KS3, 4 and 5. They emphasise the development of skills and a varied approach, using a range of teaching and learning styles. Aspects are reviewed and rewritten every Summer Term.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this subject please contact:

Mr Ivan Woodward, Head of Department 


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