The History Department at Penwortham Priory Academy encourages pupils to think independently and critically about people and events from the past.

Pupils will be taught how to appreciate different points of view, to develop their self-confidence orally and using written communication, to understand the meaning of bias and how this can be used to influence actions or decisions. We aim to contribute to pupils' knowledge and understanding of people in other societies as well as their own and how they developed and interacted over a period of time. Using a variety of concepts such as cause, continuity, change and consequence they will learn how actions in the past influence today and how as young people they can influence the world around us.

More importantly we aim to use a variety of historical evidence to show pupils they should look critically at the world and appreciate varied opinions of other. We hope to make pupils become young adults who are well balanced and perceptive individuals.

Year 7

The topics in year 7 are specifically chosen to develop further the skills that pupils have been taught at KS2 e.g. The Romans and Medieval Realms. Students will be taught about the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066 – 1509. An example of the topics that we investigate are:

  • The Romans in Britain
  • The Norman Conquest
  • The introduction of Castles and their development
  • Life in Medieval England – inc, life in a town/village, the Black Death and Medieval Medicine
  • Elizabethan England

Year 8

The topics that are studied at the beginning of Year 8 focus on the ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain before 1900. Within this topic pupils are taught about the history of Britain and its wider world context.

Further topics within this year include:

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The British Empire
  • Slavery
  • American West

Year 9

Within this topic pupils are taught about the history of Britain and its wider world context. Pupils investigate challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to present day. Pupils start the course with a study of the First World War and the Peace settlement. Further topics within this year include:

  • Source Study – The Christmas Truce
  • Source Study – Medical Treatments in the Trenches
  • The Rise of the Nazis and Life in Nazi Germany
  • The Holocaust

Key Stage 4

Pupils who chose to study History at KS4 will follow the Edexcel syllabus. Over 2 years students will study:-

  • Medicine in Britain C.1000 - Present (inc Medical Treatments in the Trenches)
  • Early Elizabeth England 1558 – 1588
  • The American West c.1835 - 1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit local and national historical attractions that will enhance their learning and understanding of the work that is covered in the classroom. For example, Imperial War Museum North, Thackeray Medical Museum and World War I trenches every two years.