Year 9 Curriculum - History

In the Year 9 curriculum, lessons focus on certain themes and the international relevance of historical events. Students will understand the events that have shaped the modern world and make up their own mind about historical issues.

Students will study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present. This will include looking at why parts of Europe turned to dictators and how people were controlled, the turning point during the Second World War, what happened during the Holocaust and how Jewish people resisted, how India achieve independence from Britain in 1947 and investigate the struggle for Civil Rights in both America and Britain.

In each topic or period there are enquiries with a question for students to think about. Students will need to use the ideas and information they have collected through the enquiry to answer the big question and develop certain skills. These skills shape the key questions asked in a topic and help to organise the subject knowledge. For example, a set of second-order concepts for History include 'cause and consequence', 'change and continuity', 'similarity and difference', and 'historical significance’. Students will develop these skills in Year 9 which will help build the foundations for GCSE.

The course will suit students who are curious and passionate about History and have a strong interest in finding out about the past using sources. It will also suit students who enjoy extended writing and answering enquiry questions. Studying History in Year 9 is a requirement for studying GCSE History in Years 10 and 11.


Enquiries to: Mr O Hoskins – Subject Leader: History