History is taught through a combination of overview, themed and in-depth studies. The content ensures all pupils can identify and understand major events, changes and developments in British, European and World history from medieval times to the current day.

This includes:

  • The Norman invasion of 1066
  • revolutions in industry and changes to society in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • World Wars & conflicts since 1945.

Key events are taught in broadly chronological order, but with the emphasis on different themes, key concepts and skills. Pupils are taught to describe, analyse and explain sources of information including texts, pictures and artefacts. They are encouraged to think about how the past is interpreted and develop their own ideas about significant historical events and people.

Through all the units of study pupils are actively encouraged to develop their personal learning and thinking skills, recognising the need to work together in teams, share ideas and encourage others to contribute. We also seek to enable pupils to become independent learners, setting their own questions for historical enquiries and finding evidence to support their findings.


Pupils may choose to continue their study of History at GCSE. At this level, they build on the skills taught in KS3 and apply them to three units of study:

  • Medicine and public health through time (exam)
  • The American West 1840-1895 (exam)
  • Quarry bank mill (controlled assessment)

GCSE History is a very popular choice at Forge Valley and provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their knowledge refine their analysis and communication skills and be able to make balanced and well supported judgements.