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St. Mary's Catholic High School

History Department

The History Department at St Mary’s Catholic High School is a vibrant and exciting area of the school. We are committed to delivering high quality, challenging, interesting and appropriate learning experiences to all our students, inside and outside of the classroom. History is a popular subject at St Mary’s and we work hard to provide our students with the tools to be successful.

The History Department is committed to achieving the best outcomes for all our students. We work collaboratively and strive to form strong and positive relationships to help everyone to reach their full potential within a supportive environment.

History Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning Programmes

All students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).

Drama, Music and PE are working with Learning Journals throughout Key Stage 3.

All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).

There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.

All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.

We offer an innovative curriculum at Key Stage 3. Our units include warfare across time, the transatlantic slave trade and the Reformation, and the curriculum has been specifically designed to suit St Mary’s students. At Key Stage 4, our students follow a Modern World History course, and our increasingly popular Key Stage 5 course looks at elements of Russian, Irish and German history over the last 2 centuries.

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide a framework for further study, providing a chronological overview and thematic awareness.
  • Include events of local, national, and international significance.
  • Be specifically relevant to our students.
  • To be engaging.