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A Brief Introduction to the History Department


The History curriculum at The Telford Priory School gives opportunities for students to explore and develop their understanding of British and World History.  Lessons are designed to boost skills including problem solving, interpretation, knowledge and understanding, enquiry and skills in using a variety of sources. Students will be able to refine their skills of research, analysis and build and develop substantiated arguments, 

At Key stage 3, we focus on events in Medieval Britain and Europe.  We study the Tudors and Stuarts; the Industrial Revolution and the Empire; the Slave Trade with the quest for Civil Rights up to the present day; the World Wars with their causes, events and consequences and we complete Key Stage 3 by looking at the world after the Second World War. This broad spectrum enables us to provide the students with both a breadth and depth of knowledge of the key events and individuals who have shaped both British and European history and provides an important ‘bridge’ through to GCSE study.

Key Stage 4 covers Years 9-11 and so pupils in Year 8 will make their option choices.  In Year 9 the students will refine their historical skills through the new and popular bridging unit of work which explores the history and evolution of terrorism.  Our first core unit introduces students to the causes and key events within the Cold War.  The particular emphasis is that on Conflict in Asia, focusing on the Korean and Vietnam wars. Alongside this work, students will be continually developing their exam skills through the regular cycle exam style assessed questions and extended answers.  

The topics studied in Years 10 and year 11 are Germany 1890 – 1945 (with specific focus on Hitler’s Germany), Norman England and our Thematic study, The Development of Medicine.

This is a rich and rewarding course that will both engage and challenge students throughout