The History Department at Wyvern Academy aim to inspire a future generation of great thinkers, leaders, academics, politicians and most importantly compassionate citizens, who recognise the role the past has played in shaping their lives.

Why take history?

History is such a rich and endlessly interesting subject – there is so much to discover! Yes, it’s all stuff that’s already happened – but it has shaped and created the world we live in today. To understand history is to better make sense of our lives today. The study of history develops students into independent thinkers with inquisitive minds, capable of seeing situations from both sides and being able to reach a reasoned conclusion based on facts and evidence. All essential skills in the world today!

What do we study?

Key Stage 3 history is covered in Y7, Y8 and Y9  at Wyvern Academy. We study the following:

Year 7

  • Historical Skills
  • 1066 – A throne without a King? (including a study of Norman Richmond)
  • The Murderous Middle Ages
  • Power and the People
  • The French Revolution
  • Medieval Life

Year 8

  • The British Empire
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • The Suffragettes
  • World War I
  • The Russian Revolution
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • The Modern World

Year 9

  • Britain: Health and the People c1000-present day

Year 10

  • Key skills that students will need to take GCSE history will be embedded throughout Key Stage 3, and work at this level will include a variety of tasks and activities.

Key Stage 4 history is covered in Y10 and Y11 and is a GCSE option. Students sit two 1hr 45 minute examinations at the end of Y11, each covering 2 units (50% of the course) and there is no coursework.

  • Elizabethan England c1568-1603
  • Conflict and Tension 1918-1938

Year 11

  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Where will studying history take me?

History is a fantastic subject to take as it can start you out on so many different routes and avenues – you don’t have to become a history teacher or an historian! It is an enormously well-respected academic subject that is looked on favourably by employers in all sectors, and can lead to careers in politics, law, journalism, finance and loads more.