History Vision

Alde Valley history department aims to build an ambitious and caring learning community that fosters a deepening knowledge of the past, a respect and empathy for its people and an appreciation of how historians make sense of the past.  

Students are assessed in six skills areas with a focus on how historians work and interpret the past :

(Knowledge, cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, sources and evidence and historical interpretations)

We encourage the British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded in the History curriculum.

Students explore issues such as the development of democracy and the rule of law in their historical context and relate them to the modern day through studying aspects of British and World History from the Roman period to present day. This enables the students to understand how, overtime, changes happen and to evaluate their impact.

Students develop an awareness of how key individuals have influenced and shaped the country in which we live.

Teaching students to respect and value diversity is developed through showing respect for different viewpoints and ideas. Students gain a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world history. Units of work in KS3/4 aim to provide an understanding of and empathy with people from different cultural backgrounds and examine how other cultures have had a major impact on the development of ’British’ culture.

History teaching units also enable students to further develop their understanding of SMSC issues. For example:





Revision Provisions

What is History?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that involves learning about and discussing the kind of historical changes that have shaped today’s world. There are key terms that you will need to master, dates that you will need to memorise, and a lot of content to understand: History is a demanding course but highly rewarding for those with interest and commitment.

Studying History encourages you to produce strong and reasoned arguments, based on the evaluation of evidence. You should find that you become more critical of arguments, politically aware and self-confident in framing and expressing your own views. These skills are for life.

Who might enjoy this course?


You will develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively. Studying History encourages intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research.

What about exams? What will I study?

Your course will involve two studies of British History, and two studies of global history:

•Health and the people 1100AD to the present day.

•The later Elizabethan period – this will include the Armada, the succession

crisis and a study of a historically significant location such as a house, castle or battlefield.

•Germany 1890-1945.

•Conflict & Tension 1918 – 1939: The Inter-War years and the rise of Nazism

What could I do next with GCSE History?

History GCSE is highly regarded as it represents a strongly academic, literate and challenging qualification. These skills are the foundations of many a career in the law, journalism, academe, archaeology and business. Students who have enjoyed GCSE History often look not only to progress to A Level History, but to include studies in Politics, International Relations and Philosophy.

History Learning Journey.pdf