To make a success of our future we must have an understanding of our past.

The Greek word historia translates as “inquiry” and this is fundamental to our department. We seek to challenge and excite, to provoke and to enlighten, to make History fun and fascinating. We want to foster learning that poses more questions than answers, that leaves children asking what happened next, why did she do that, what will happen to him and how does this affect me. We want to nurture that inquisitive mind that fosters a thirst for learning, a growing independence, a desire to take risks and reach their own conclusions. Students should be proud to be historians; to gain knowledge of their identity, their belonging and to learn tolerance in an intolerant world.

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Year 7 Neolithic Revolution (Developing Skills) Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? Why did men go on crusade? How did kingship change under king John? What can we learn about the Tudors from their portraits? How significant is Oliver Cromwell? PDF
Year 8 Was the British Empire successful? What are the problems with the evidence of the Industrial Revolution? Why was Jack the Ripper never identified and caught? “Lions led by donkeys.” How far do you agree with this statement? Why did war return again in 1939? An investigation into the Holocaust PDF
Year 9 1D America 1920-1973
Opportunity and inequality
Part one: American people and the Boom
1D America 1920-1973
Opportunity and inequality
Part two: Americans’ experiences of the depression and the New Deal
1D America 1920-1973
Opportunity and inequality
Part three: America’s post-war society
Conflict and tensions between East and West
Part one: The origins of the Cold War
Year 10 Conflict and tensions between East and West, 1945-1972
Part two: The development of the Cold War
Conflict and tensions between East and West, 1945-1972
Part three: The transformation of the Cold War
Norman England c.1066 – c.1100
Part one: The Normans: Conquest and Control
Norman England
c.1066 – c.1100
Part two: Life under the Normans
Norman England
c1066 – c1100
Part three: The Norman church and Monastacism
Year 11 Norman England
c1066 – c1100
Environment study
Power and the People
c1170 to the present day
Part one: Challenging authority and feudalism
Part two: Challenging Royal authority
Power and the People
c1170 to the present day
Part three: Reform and Reformers
Power and the People
c1170 to the present day
Part four: Equality and Rights
Revision programme PDF

"History helps pupils to make sense of their past and to therefore their identity. Pupils will gain a wider sense of their position in the world and an appreciation of history to mould their future"

History challenges pupils to ask and answer important questions, find evidence, weigh it up and reach conclusions. They learn about the history of their local area, of their country and their world, building up a framework of significant events and people. As they do so they see the diversity of human experiences and therefore learn about themselves as individuals and as members of a society. History helps pupils to become confident and questioning individuals equipping themselves with the key skills for adult life.

The History department at Byrchall consistently enjoys very high options numbers and regularly has the highest GCSE cohorts within Wigan. Our pupils tell us that this is because of three main reasons; they learn lots, they enjoy the lessons and they have great relationships with approachable and friendly staff.

Our key aims are to create:

  • Successful learners

    History allows the pupil to learn and develop a number of skills, paramount in a successful learner. It allows opportunities for literacy, numeracy, the use of ICT, enquiry and creative thinking, independent and collaborative work. Examples are constant throughout plans and lessons and developed through the processes of historical enquiry, using evidence from and communicating about the past. Pupils begin to ask and answer important questions, evaluating evidence, detecting bias, and identifying and analysing different interpretations of the past.

  • Confident individuals

    History offers opportunities to develop confident pupils to make informed choices, become increasingly independent and gain a sense of self-worth. History engages and stimulates, it offers dilemmas, choices, problems and challenges pupils to express their ideas but also consider their own values and beliefs. Pupils work together to develop arguments, analyse evidence and produce conclusions.

  • Responsible Citizens

    History equips pupils with knowledge and skills valued in adult life, enhances their employability and develops their ability to understand and take part in a democratic society. It encourages the understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity and prepares pupils to question beliefs. Through looking at the changing nature of power, continuities and changes in the lives of people, ideas, beliefs and attitudes of different societies and the impact of conflict pupils appreciate the importance of making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.

Document Library

History Library - GCSE

Year 7 Reading List

Year 8 Reading List

Paper 1 America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and Equality Revision Guide

Paper 1 Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945 - 1972 Revision Guide

Paper 1 Revision Notes

Paper 2 Norman England 1066-1100 Revision Guide

Paper 2 Britain Power and the People 1215 – Present day

Paper 2 Exam answer structures