History & Politics

Conflict resolution workshopCURRICULUM LEADER: Mrs R Woollard


Welcome to the History Department’s page! The History team at Prince Henry’s are proud to work here, and try hard to make students’ experience of History a fascinating one. Our courses are very popular, with large numbers of students choosing to continue with their studies of History through GCSE and A level.  We are proud of what students in History achieve, and have a strong record in terms of results achieved at both GCSE and A-Level.   Our team of six specialist teachers has a range of different interests in History, ranging from medieval Britain to the Russian Revolution.



Anti-slavery commemoration

Please see an overview of the KS3 curriculum below. Every half term, students will be set a mini assessment Home Learning as well as two or more creative Home Learning tasks. The mini assessments have been proven to help students to improve their success on each bigger end of term assessment.

Lessons have been planned to develop three core skills which students need for GCSE History: concepts, interpretations and sources. An overview of how students can achieve these skills can be found in the inside front cover of their books.


Half term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9





WWI - Conflict


Dark ages

Everyday life

Stuarts and Civil War

WW1 – Life during


Norman conquest


WWII & Holocaust


Consolidation of Power


WWII & Holocaust


Medieval Realms Kings

Jack the Ripper

JFK / Vietnam


Medieval Realms Peasants

Turn of the 20th Century

Independent learning project

In each year of Key Stage 3 the History Department assesses its students, with a key focus on three specific areas: extended writing, historical enquiry and use of sources.  These skills are developed throughout the Key Stage and are excellent preparation for students moving onto the study of History at GCSE.



At GCSE students study Edexcel History

In Year 10 we study: Medicine through time; The British Sector of the Western Front; Early Elizabethan England 1558-88.

In Year 11 we study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939; Superpower relations and the Cold War.

Support materials and revision guidance can be found by students on Firefly. It would be useful if students could buy a copy of the course textbooks to support their study:
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Early Elizabethan England, 1558
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Medicine Through Time, c1250–Present



We study A Level History under the exam board OCR. An overview of topics can be seen below:


Exam Information

1 -  Britain 1930-1997 and Enquiry Topic: Churchill 1930-1951
(25% of A Level)

1 hour 30 minute exam
• One period study essay from a choice of two
• One document-based depth study question

2 -  France in Revolution 1774-1815 (15% of A Level)

1 hour exam
• One ‘mini-essay’
• One period study essay

3 – Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 (40% of A Level)

2 hour 30 minute exam
Interpretation evaluation and extended writing

4 – Non-exam assessment
(20% of A Level)

200 year study
Choice of topics
3-4000 word essay, internally marked and externally verified



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