At Trinity, History is a popular option at GCSE and A Level. We currently have over 100 students in Year 10 and 11 and have two classes in Year 12 and one class in Year 13

The department has for the last 3 years completed a Historical visit to Europe in July. In 2014 we took 50 students to Ypres and the Somme and in 2015 visited Krakow and Auschwitz. In 2016 we are travelling to Verdun and Flanders.

The aim of History at Trinity is to deliver the curriculum in a manner which interests and stimulates, to encourage pupils to ask questions, to enquire and to understand the nature and use of historical evidence.


Key stage 3


Year 7
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The Struggle between Church and Crown
  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
  • Society, Economy and Culture: feudalism/religion in daily life/trade and towns
  • The Black Death and its Social and Economic Impact
  • The Peasants’ Revolt


Year 8WWIl2
  • The English Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • The Elizabethan Religious Settlement and Conflict with Catholics (Including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)
  • The causes and events of the civil wars in Britain
  • Society, Economy and Culture across the Period
  • Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire: Britain 1745-1901


Year 9

  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement
  • Women’s Suffrage
  • The Second World War and the Wartime Leadership of Winston Churchill
  • The Holocaust
  • Changing Russian Empires – from Tsardom to Communism


We regularly assess the progress our students are making against 6 different Historical
skills. Students are assessed using a variety of homework tasks and work produced as a result of in-class enquiry.
Students are also assessed formally at the end of each half term.

Homework is set once every two weeks to consolidate and review what students have
learned in class.

Homework tasks include research, model making and extended written pieces. We
encourage students to be creative and use ICT to complete further research.


Students are always welcome to see any of their History teachers during lunchtime to ask for extra help with homework or classwork. Alternatively, there are lots of websites that
students and parents can access for more information on the topics that are covered in
class. Some of our favourite websites are:

  • www.bbc.co.uk/education
  • www.historylearningsite.co.uk
  • www.historyonthenet.com


Key stage 4-AQA GCSE History

DSCN2305This is a two year course covering 4 period study options. At the end of year 11 pupils will sit two external exams made up of the following:

  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Conflict and Tension in the Wider World 1918-1939
  • Britain, Health and the People
  • Elizabethan England


For more information visit www.AQA.org.uk


We assess students regularly throughout Year 10 and Year 11. Students will complete a range of assessment activities throughout each topic of the course based on exam style questions and facts tests to prepare them for the demands of the final exams.

At the end of each topic students are assessed by completing a practice GCSE examination paper. Assessment scores are used to track student progress and implement intervention if necessary.



Homework is set and marked every week to consolidate and develop classwork.

Students will complete a range of homework tasks including research, extended written pieces, exam questions and revision. As with assessment, homework is also used to track student progress and implement intervention if necessary.



Students are always welcome to see any of their History teachers during lunchtime to ask for extra help with homework or classwork. We also run extra sessions after school and at lunchtimes when exams are approaching. Alternatively, there are lots of websites that can be accessed for more information on the topics that are covered in class. Some of our favourite websites are:


  • Every lunchtime-History Homework Club
  • Extra after school sessions throughout the year to help Key stage 4 and 5 students to achieve their best!
  • Trips to reward excellent effort in the subject
  • Horrible Histories Video Club

Key stage 5- AQA A Level History

This is a two year course covering 2 depth period study options.

In addition there will be a Historical Investigation which makes up the coursework part of the qualification.

For more information visit www.AQA.org.uk

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  • Miss R Hartley (Curriculum Team Leader)
  • Mrs J Barker
  • Mr K Cosgrave
  • Miss D Hemingway
  • Mrs T Holcroft