"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

Subject Content

  Autumn Spring Summer
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?
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
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
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
The British at war Utility question The British at war Interpretation question Revision programme Revision programme

Year 7 Overview

Year 8 Overview

Year 9 Overview

Year 10 Overview

Year 11 Overview

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