Department Information

“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are and about what’s next” – Tony Robinson, Actor and Television Presenter

History is an engaging and interesting subject. At Brayton Academy, our aim is that all students becoming successful learners, who enjoy their studies, make progress, achieve and become responsible citizens, and make a positive contribution to society. We aim to fire students’ curiosity and imagination, showing them the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. An understanding of History at local, national and world level, will also help them develop their own identities. By engaging with the past, they are better able to ask and answer questions of the present.

Our two key driving aims are to ensure that all students are able to enjoy learning about history and that all students are aware of how to improve their work. We strive to meet our goals through creative and engaging lessons, through exciting lesson resources and by studying some of the most interesting episodes from world and British history.

Year 7

Year 7 History is taught in two lessons per week. We start by introducing historical skills through such as chronology, source work and interpretation. We then start looking at how we can apply these skills within history. For example, we look at we study historical films as interpretations. We then look at the history of various dynasties and empires, as well as an overview on British history, from the Normans to the present.

Year 8

Year 8 History is developed alongside RE and Geography to ensure students see the impact that history can have on modern day events. It runs for 3 lessons per week. The topics currently being studied at:

  • Understanding the conflict in Syria through the history of conflict and empires
  • We look at social justice, starting with The Holocaust and examining why it happened and how it happened. We then look to see if we have learned, studying South Africa, Rwanda and the Yugoslav Wars. 
  • The role of governance though the development of Parliament, protest and reforms.

Year 9

Year 9 is an optional pre-GCSE course which aims to develop the students’ skills and understand via topics that are not within the new specification but will use the same methods of assessment and, objectives. Current topics include:

  • People, who shook the work (This aims to look at measuring and assessing significance).
  • Conspiracy theories (This aims to examin the strength of evidence)
  • First World War (This topic strengthens pupil knowledge on sources)
  • Crime and punishment (This aims to look at changes over a thousand year period, looking at both change and continuity)
  • Ancient Medicine (This topic will provide context to the GCSE topic of Health and the People)

Year 10 and 11: AQA

The new GCSE exam specification covers a much broader range of topics than the previous GCSE offered. It includes a thematic study, a historical environment depth study, a modern non-British depth study, a medieval British depth study, and a period study.

What will you study?

There are two papers, which include the different topics as follows:

Paper 1: 1hr 45 mins (50%)

Period Study: Germany, c1890-1945

Wider World Study: First World War, c1894-1918

Paper 2: 1hr 45 mins (50%)

Thematic Study – Health and the People, c1000 – Present day

British Depth Study – Norman Englan, c1066-1100

What does GCSE require?

History is a challenging literacy-based subject. Our students do well when they are motivated about completing their work in lessons, organised in approaching their homework, keen to read about the subject and follow up on any areas they found difficult.

What do we do to support your child

Lots of communication, links to resources and other materials can be found via the following:

The History Department Twitter site www.twitter.com/braytonhistory

The History Department Microsite www.relentlesshistory.wordpress.com

The History Department Mixlr channel www.mixlr.com/braytonhistory


Departmental Staff

Mr D Bradbury – Specialist Teacher of History – [email protected]

The Brayton Academy