2020 - Another impressive set of GCSE results


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The aims behind the teaching of History at Holy Family are:

  • To fire pupils’ curiosity and imagination in History.
  • To move and inspire students.
  • Help pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international level.
  • To help pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world.
  • To develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.
  • To investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world and relate past events to the present day.
  • To encourage students to ask questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past.
  • To teach students to substantiate arguments and judgements they make.
  • To prepare students for the future, equipping them with transferrable knowledge and skills for later life.
  • To encourage students to take part in a democratic society.
  • To give students an understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity.


KS3 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Year 7

Medieval Britain

(Norman conquest to the Battle of Bosworth)

Britain 1509-1745

(Tudors, Stuarts, Civil War & Empire building)

Britain 1745 – 1900


The History of Liverpool

(From Stoneage settlements to 21st century regeneration)

Year 8

The Great War

(including Causes, Trench Conditions & the impact on the lives of women)

Causes and Events of World War Two 

(including the Rise of Hitler, appeasement, the Blitz & Holocaust)

1945+ (focusing especially on key events of the Cold War).

20th Century USA (focus on civil rights protests).


KS4 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Years 9

Starting New EDEXCEL 9-1 GCSE course.

Focus on Anglo-Saxon and Norman England.

Finish Anglo-Saxon and Norman unit.

Move on to Weimar & Nazi Germany unit.

Continue work on Weimar & Nazi Germany.

Year 10

Finish Weimar & Nazi Germany Unit.

Start Superpower Relations Unit.

 Continue work on Superpower relations.

 Finish Superpower relations unit.

Start work on Crime and Punishment unit.

Year 11

Continue work on Crime and Punishment Unit.

 Finish Crime and Punishment unit.

Start revision and past paper work.

 Continue with revision and past paper work.

Unit Codes

Paper 1.  Thematic study

1 hour 15 minute exam

Worth: 30% of GCSE

1HI1/10: Crime and Punishment in Britain 1000 to present.  + Whitechapel 1870-1900.  Crime, policing and the inner city.

 Paper 2.  Period study and British depth study.

1 hour 45 minute exam.

Worth: 40% of GCSE.

B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88.

26/27: Superpower relations and Cold War 1941-91.

Paper 3.  Modern depth study.

1 hour 20 minute exam.

Worth: 30% of GCSE.

31: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. 


KS5 Unit 1 Unit 2

Year 12

New OCR A-Level

Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)

Code: Y113

Worth: 25% of A-Level

Russia 1894–1941

Code: Y219

Worth: 15% of A-Level

  Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 13

Britain and Ireland 1791–1921

Code: Y316

Worth: 40% of A-Level

Topic-based essay (coursework).  Possibly on USA 20th century Civil Rights.

Code: Y100

Worth: 20% of A-Level


The History department takes part in a Year 8 trip to the International Slavery Museum.  Year 7 pupils have visited the Museum of Liverpool as part of the first unit.  The department has also participated in a series of foreign trips, most notably trips to the Battlefields of Belgium and France, also a visit to Krakow and Auschwitz.  It is hoped to put in place future trips to London, Dublin and (finger’s crossed) Berlin.

Useful links

New GCSE syllabus: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

A-Level syllabus: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-history-a-h105-h505-from-2015/

Revision: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/





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