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What’s History all about?

Welcome to History at the Albany where the past comes alive! We aim to deliver a curriculum that motivates and encourages learners to really engage with the past. We create an exciting, creative and supportive environment for learning to take place and have high expectations of all pupils.


Curriculum Breakdown

  • Year 7 - The focus of this course is centred on Key Historical skills, The Roman Empire and Medieval Realms. Students look at The Roman Empire and Medieval Britain. They will discover how the city of Rome began and how it grew into one of the most famous of empires, why their army was so effective, what they did for entertainment and who they worshipped. Then they will investigate why King Harold and the Saxons lost the Battle of Hastings, how the Normans took control of England, why the Church was so powerful in Medieval times, how medieval people lived, what were the effects of the Black Death and why the Peasants Revolted? Students are assessed at the end of every unit and have an opportunity to take part in the Castle making competition!
  • Year 8 - The focus of this course is centred on Key Historical skills, The War of the Roses, The Tudors, The English Civil War, The British Empire and The Slave Trade. Students will study the mystery of the body in the car park, the War of the Roses and a classical Tudors and Stuarts syllabus finding out about; how the Tudors took control of England, why there was a Reformation in Europe, why Henry VIII married six times, how Edward VI and Mary I’s reign’s affected England, what events took place in Elizabethan England, how the Stuarts quarrelled with Parliament and caused a Civil War, why the monarchy was restored. They also investigate the growth of the British Empire and how Britain became involved in the Slave Trade and the effects this trade had on Britain, Africa, the West Indies and America. Students are assessed at the end of every unit.
  • Year 9 - 

    The focus of this course is centred on Key Historical skills, Jack the Ripper, The First World War, The Rise of Hitler, Life in Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and The Second World War. The Year starts with an in-depth study of the Jack the Ripper case. The students then study the key events of the 20th century, the causes of WW1, the events of WW1 and how it affected the local area, international events between the wars, the causes of WW2, the events of WW2 (with a focus on the Holocaust) and the major events of the second half of the 20th century. Students are assessed at the end of every unit and a trip to the East End of London to experience Jack’s London is organised to support this unit.

GCSE History

At Key Stage 4 students at The Albany follow the OCR History B Modern World Syllabus. This consists of two exams and a controlled assessment. Paper 1 looks at International Relations from 1945 to 1975, focusing on the causes of the Cold War, Cuba and Vietnam and a depth study The USA 1919 to 1975. In Paper 2 students will study British History 1939 to 1975. The Breakdown of the two years of study is shown below:

Year 10

  1. USA Depth Study: Economic Boom and the Roaring 20s.
  2. USA Depth Study: The Wall Street Crash, 1929 and the Great Depression.
  3. USA Depth Study: The New Deal.
  4. International Relations 1945-1975: The Cold War. Focus on the Origins, The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Vietnam War.

Year 11

  1. Controlled Assessment: Nazi Germany.
  2. British Depth Study 1939-1975: Focus on the changing role of women, impact of immigration and the birth of the teenager.
  3. Exam preparation.

PSP Tasks

Year 7 - Family Tree | Doc

Year 8 - Pirates| PDF

Year 9 - First World War | PDF


Useful Links

BBC Bitesize | URL

School History | URL

GCSE Modern World History | URL

The British Library | URL

Jack The Ripper Casebook | URL