Chronological Understanding
Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

It is the aim of the History department at Hulme Hall Grammar School to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for History. We aim to help all pupils of all abilities to develop both general and specific historical skills.

Key Concepts are:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance
  • Interpretation

Key Processes are:

  • Historical enquiry
  • Using evidence
  • Communicating about the past

In History, we endeavour to offer opportunities for pupils to:

  • Create an interest and curiosity about the past and a need to investigate further
  • Consider how the past influences the present
  • Develop a chronological framework
  • Find out about what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions
  • Research different types of evidence and argue points of view
  • Use evidence, weigh it up and reach own opinions/conclusions
  • Reflect on their personal choices, attitudes and values
  • Be able to use your imagination when writing and interpreting the past
  • Encourage openness that promotes a healthy attitude towards all historical sources/ evidence

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are given the opportunity to explore a variety of topics in History. They can gain a wealth of knowledge as well as practising their historical skills, which they can use in their GCSE and further study.

Year 7

Below are examples of the variety of topics covered in Year 7:


  • Battle of Hastings
  • Magna Carta
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants Revolt
  • War of the Roses
  • Tudors
  • Gunpowder Plot
  • The English Civil War

Year 8

Below are examples of the variety of topics covered in Year 8:


  • The Slave Trade
  • Abolition of Slavery
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The British Empire
  • Women’s Suffrage

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils are able to gain a taste of GCSE level work to prepare them should they choose it as an option.

Below are examples of the variety of topics covered in Year 9:


  • The Causes of the First World War
  • Trenches
  • Medicine
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Political Ideologies
  • Causes of World War Two
  • Battles
  • Home Front
  • American Civil Rights


In History, pupils are assessed once every half-term. They are given a variety of homework tasks once a week that consolidate the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will study topics selected that have shaped the world we live in today. The course is designed to extend pupils’ knowledge by studying new areas of content studied previously.

GCSE History

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain c1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18:
Injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
Example key areas of study:
The development of the Cold War, the Berlin crisis, Cuba, attempts to reduce tension between East and West and the collapse of Soviet control of eastern Europe.

Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
Example key areas of study:
Elizabeth’s problems, plots and revolts, the Spanish Armada and voyages of discovery.

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Example key areas of study:
The early challenges of the Weimar Republic, the development of the Nazi party, the creation of a dictatorship and Nazi policies towards women and children.

exams and Assessments

Pupils will have three exam papers to complete.

Paper 1: Written examination 1 hour and 15 minutes
Paper 2: Written examination 1 hour and 45 minutes
Paper 3: Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes

Pupils will answer questions that assess their knowledge and understanding as well as assess their understanding of sources and interpretations.

Further Study

History is viewed favourably by colleges, universities and employers alike due to the rigour of the academic content and the analytical skills that are developed in the process.

Furthermore, a good qualification in History suggests that a person is self-disciplined, independent, organised and able to communicate well.

History also supports the study of subjects like English, Politics and Economics.

Department Staff

Mrs M Burge

Teacher of History

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