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History allows pupils to fire their curiosity and imagination. Students continue to be intrigued by the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. At BHA we offer a comprehensive programme of history at a local, national and international level.

Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Undertake investigations and develop enquiry skills,
  • Think like an historian; exploring a range of sources,
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of historical methods through a stimulating approach to the subject.


Year 6





What is history?

Key skills, bias, chronology, independent research


Life, achievement and legacy of Ancient Greeks

Where and when the civilisation appeared, study of society, legacy


How has town/city life changed over time? (Case study London)

Cities though various time periods, societal changes


Year 7





What was the impact of the Norman conquest on England?

What happened in 1066 and after?


Who were the best and worst Medieval monarchs?

Examination of what makes a good leader, comparison of Medieval monarchs


Was life hard for the Medieval peasants?

Interpretation of various sources (primary and secondary)


Who was the most significant Tudor monarch?

What makes an individual historically significant? Independent research


Year 8





Crime, protest and punishment through the ages

Comparison of punishment of rich and poor, links to Year 6 work on societal changes


What was the impact of the Europeans on the Native Americans?

Study of a non- European culture


How progressive was the USA in the 1920s?

Continuing American history and helping explain how the modern western world began


Teacher assessment:

Teacher assessment will take place throughout each year and regular assessment tasks will be set and marked using age related expectations. A teacher-assessed grade for each pupil will be included on final reports to parents.


History club is open to all students on a Friday lunchtime. A variety of topics will be studied which will differ from those studied in class and will involve:

  • Bringing history to life through drama,
  • Presenting important historical events in assemblies
  • Introducing prospective parents to history at Open Evening.


History contributes to the learning across the curriculum by:

Providing opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve.

Promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Provides pupils with the opportunity to explore local, national and international dimensions of history, contributing to our Erasmus project.

Provides literacy and numeracy support and development for pupils.