Curriculum Vision

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
- Marcus Garvey –

The history curriculum is shaped by our belief that the skills and knowledge students develop during their time at Chapel High School will equip them to be self-confident, aspirational and successful individuals in an increasingly complex and challenging world. Our curriculum aims to be inclusive and provide all learners with stimulating content which is both broad and balanced. By covering a variety of local, national and international events we hope to nurture a lifelong interest in the past for all students. Our simple philosophy is that if the students are enjoying themselves they are more likely to learn. This philosophy underpins all lessons.

Knowledge and skills

As history is a study of how humans have thought, felt and acted in the past, it provides opportunities to examine human behaviour and the factors and motives that influence it. Students follow a chronological journey through history, starting with the key turning point of the Neolithic revolution and tracing significant historical events, in Britain and the world, from 1066 to the present day. As students learn about key topics such as the English Reformation, the two World Wars and the Holocaust, they develop the skills of evaluating sources and interpretations, as well as the ability to develop supported arguments. There is also an emphasis on understanding how history is created so students have the confidence to ask questions about opposing views. Moreover students are encouraged to see their own thoughts and actions in a wider context than themselves and their immediate environment. By studying international history such as the civil rights movement in America and the wars in Asia they are encouraged to develop empathy for others, take more responsibility for their actions and understand their role as modern British and global citizens.


Built into every aspect of our history curriculum is our understanding that Chapel is a rural community school. We feel that it is important to expose our students to the rich history on their doorstep as well as the wider world. By doing this we are preparing our students for a diverse world so they can have a successful life within and beyond the hills of the High Peak.

Curriculum Content

Years 7-9

Topics covered include:

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • Who are the British?
  • Neolithic revolution
  • Medieval realms
  • Local history

Year 8

  • The Tudors and changes in religion
  • The Civil War
  • Industrial revolution
  • Development of democracy and equal rights 1215-today
  • Slavery

Year 9

  • Jack the Ripper
  • First World War
  • Holocaust
  • Black people’s fight for equality in USA
  • Aspects of the twentieth century

GCSE History

History is offered as one of our option subjects at GCSE and is open to all. It is a subject where students need to have good literacy skills to be able to access the higher grades at GCSE.

Qualification GCSE
Board AQA
Syllabus number 8145 (1A/B and 1B/D and 2A/A and 2B/C)
Website link http://www.aqa.org.uk
Assessment details: 2 exams – 50% each
Recommended revision guides

CGP gives an overview
Hodder AQA GCSE History (9-1)

Recommended websites www.bbc.co.uk/GCSEbitesize

Educational Visits

We are active participants in the school’s extra-curricular and visits programme, providing regular opportunities for students to develop their understanding of historical events and see the impact of our past behaviour on our current lives.

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