History's aim is to create pupils who are interested in the events of the past, are able to analyse and make sense of those past events and who can convey their understanding of the past clearly.

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." - Theodore Roosevelt


At Haughton Academy, pupils will gain a high-quality history education that will help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. As a department, we are inherently ambitious for our pupils, supporting them in achieving their full potential in what is a highly rigorous subject. The department will seek to broaden pupils’ cultural knowledge of significant global events. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Furthermore, pupils will develop their second order history skills (causation, consequence, analysis etc.) in order to ask insightful questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and to develop perspective and well-judged analysis. History will help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. The knowledge they gain will be woven through the learning journey they undertake from Year 7 through to Year 11, ensuring they become well rounded individuals as they move into their adult life.

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We also aim to create independent learners who can effectively engage with key historical skills. History develops key skills that pupils will use throughout their lives. In particular, History teaches pupils the key knowledge and understanding of important and significant historical events. Pupils will be able to sequence events correctly; to look for reasons why things happen and see the consequences of events/actions. Furthermore, pupils will be able to view events from different perspectives, providing rationale to these differences.  Pupils will learn how to analyse sources of information, evaluating their usefulness in order to reach valid judgements.

In KS3, pupils will study a range of History, beginning with an introductory topic focusing on the key skills needed in History. Ideas of expansion, migration and movement are followed by introducing significant ages – Ice, Stone & Bronze, studying how these people lived before focusing on the key peoples of Britain, pre the Norman Conquest of 1066. Pupils will study significant events throughout the Middle Ages, before ending with the Tudors. Following this, pupils will continue with the Empirical ideals of Britain, continuing the work of the Tudors and focusing on the creation and expansion of the British Empire and how this led to industrial development in Britain. Finally, pupils will study the growing demand for voting reform and the concept of democratic ideals. In the final year of KS3, conflict around challenges to Empires is studied, as pupils look at global turmoil in the 20th century, the collapse of democracy in Europe and the rise of dictatorships. Political ideas and how these differences plunged the world into war is also studied. Alongside this knowledge, pupils will be provided with the tools to analyse a range of sources, reaching a judgement on their utility. They will understand concepts around continuity and change, similarities and differences and narrative, which will allow pupils to broaden their sense of the historical context.

At Key Stage 4, pupils will study the following courses: 

Curriculum Pathway:

A Curriculum Summary document for History can be found by clicking here.

The following provides you with a Learning Journey of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum here in Haughton Academy a copy can be found by clicking here.

History Learning Journey


The History department consists of;

If you have any further queries about the History curriculum on offer at Haughton Academy please get in touch with Mr Simpson (Subject Leader for History)  misimpson@educationvillage.org.uk