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At Royal Liberty we believe that history is an important part of every student’s culture.  It shapes the present and the future in any society.  It is an important part of local and national culture and is all too evident in the nation’s leisure time. History allows pupils to gain insight into British history and begin to investigate the history of other nations and cultures. 

The history department creates ‘the experience of history’ that aims:

  • To encourage an enquiring mind.
  • To create an awareness of the past and to help understand past events and values.
  • To help understand the present through events of the past.
  • To promote an interest in the subject beyond KS3 and KS4.

History has made our world what it is today, but needs to be a part of our future too.  At Royal Liberty, we aim to promote and encourage all our students to learn the lifelong learning skills: 

  • Chronology.
  • To collect, record and interpret information from a variety of sources.
  • To analyse different interpretations.
  • To develop the evaluation of sources.
  • To promote empathy.
  • To encourage the understanding of cause and consequence.
  • To develop study through a wide range of the media.
  • To ensure cross curricular links are realised.
  • To differentiate between fact and opinion.
  • To develop informed attitudes and opinions.
  • To present written and verbal work in coherent way.
  • To promote group work and co-operation.

Assessments are taken regularly and are delivered as GCSE style questions from year 7, so as to give the pupils as much practice as possible. 


Year 7 students follow an introductory course which includes work on developing historical skills and the history of the school, Hare Hall.  This is followed by intensive courses on the Roman Empire, Medieval  Realms and The Tudors. 

Year 8 students study World Wars One and Two. Followed in the summer term by an in-depth study of the 20th century persecution of Europe's Jewish population. 


The course followed is Edexcel (9-1) GCSE History. Over the three years of KS4 we will cover the following topics:


1. Weimar and Nazi Germany,1918-39.

This unit covers the innovation and troubles of post WW1 Germany. It covers the disastrous events of 1923, the Golden Age of Germany and the rise of the Nazi party in the year before WW2. 


2. Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91.

The superpowers unit gives GCSE pupils a well rounded introduction to the problems and conflict that faced the world after World War Two. The unit focuses on the development of conflict and the changing relationship between the United States and Soviet Russia. 


3. Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.

Early Elizabethan England focuses upon the first 30 years of Gloriana's reign. The module covers the problems that she faced and her attempts to settle these issues. We will study  a wide variety of topics which include her religious settlement, the threat of Mary Queen of Scots, the Spanish Armada and Tudor lifestyles. 


 4. Medicine Through Time 1250-present

This longer study helps pupils to understand topics over a much longer period. We have the opportunity to study the Black Death, Plague, Cholera and the medicinal innovation that helped tackle them. Furthermore, we look at the development of modern medicine, giving pupils an insight into the development of treatments and the establishment of the NHS. We will also study battlefield surgery in the First World War as our historic environment study.