Head of Department: Mr MacPherson (acting) 


The AGFS History Department is committed to providing our students with a wealth of knowledge of British, European and global history at Key Stage 3 and equipping them with the historical skills required to study History at GCSE, A Level and beyond. Regardless of whether students choose to take their historical studies to a higher level, our aim is that they will be able to think critically about the world they live in and draw upon historical knowledge that will serve to enrich their cultural and social experiences far into the future.


Key Stage 3 curriculum

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to fulfil a diverse, yet interlinked, range of purposes:

  • Introduce students to a number of pivotal periods in the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world.
  • Enrich students’ cultural and social understanding of the world they live in, providing a platform for responsible and knowledgeable citizenship in the future.
  • Develop students’ historical and analytical skills, laying the groundwork for study of the discipline at GCSE, A Level and beyond.
  • Equip students with a range of skills, including extended writing and oracy, that can be applied within future careers.

NB: In order to facilitate the introduction of this new KS3 curriculum, for certain year groups during 2018-19 and 2019-20 some of the units listed below will be taught in a different order to what is shown here.


Year 7:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 The Norman Conquest The Norman Conquest
Term 2 The English Reformation The Norman Conquest and the English Reformation
Term3 Suffrage in Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. All Year 7 Content


Year 8:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Harrison, Nightingale, Sancho and Waugh: Four Lives of Industrial Greenwich Four Lives of Industrial Greenwich
Term 2 The First World War Four Lives of Industrial Greenwich and The First World War
Term3 Conflict and Tension, 1918-39 All Year 8 Content


Year 9 (From September 2019):

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 The Holocaust The Holocaust
Term 2 Conflict in the Middle East, c. 1945-95 The Holocaust and Conflict in the Middle East
Term3 The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at Home and Abroad All Year 9 content


Key stage 3 revision

The best resource for students to revise from at KS3 is their class exercise book. Students should learn the content they have studied, making use of the worksheets used in class, and complete and review any knowledge quiz material they have been given. Making revision notes in the form of flashcards or mind maps is highly recommend, as is practising the written questions studied in class.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

We study the Edexcel GCSE in history, following the units outlined below.

Year 10:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 Weimar and Nazi Germany
Term 2 Superpower Relations and the Cold War, c. 1943-91 Superpower Relations and the Cold War
Term3 Superpower Relations and the Cold War, c. 1943-91 All Year 10 Content


Year 11:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present    

and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

All GCSE units so far
Term 2 Early Elizabethan England, c. 1558-88 All GCSE papers
Term3 Revision  


Key Stage 4 Revision

As at Key Stage 4, the class exercise books students have worked with are one of their most valuable revision resources. Knowledge quizzes are highly recommended, as are techniques such as flashcards, which involve reviewing knowledge and distilling it down into smaller, manageable chunks for future reference. Perhaps the most important revision technique is completing exam questions – exam technique is key to unlocking the highest grades in GCSE History and persistent practice at home pays off enormously in the exams.

In addition to material provided in lessons and for independent learning, we recommend the following series of books. Ensure you only purchase the books relevant to the units outlined above:

  • Pearson Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History
  • Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Student Book (a more detailed series of textbooks than the Revise books)
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel (another series of more detailed textbooks)



  • Pupils receive individual and group verbal feedback every single lesson. Teachers circulate during lessons to address immediate misconceptions.
  • Pupils receive personalised written feedback typically once every 5-6 lessons. This feedback will often be written by the teacher but could also be written by the pupils from an activity planned by the teacher.
  • Pupils are given time in lessons to respond to their written feedback. This is done in blue pen and highlighted in a yellow box to distinguish it from regular classwork. By responding to written feedback, pupils have the opportunity to act upon their teacher’s comments and make progress in their learning.


Ambition and careers

In addition to careers directly linked to the study of history, such as teaching, academia, archaeology and museums, the skills and knowledge students gain from the discipline are applicable to a wide range of careers. In history students learn to think critically, analyse idea through extended writing, and articulate their arguments through oracy-based activities. All of these skills are considered indispensable in a range of career settings.

As a history department, we urge our students to display ambition in their intentions for future study, and we teach our subject with the view that many students will go on to study it at A Level and beyond. Even for those who do not intend to choose A Level history, a GCSE in the subject is highly valued, and will help to unlock further study opportunities in all subjects, but particularly English, the humanities and the social sciences.


Enrichment and Drop Down Days

The History Department has always taken an active role in helping to facilitate our Drop Down Days at AGFS. In the past we have been involved in running trips to museums such as the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of London Docklands. We will continue to organise such trips each year in line with the school’s Drop Down Day provision.

Additionally, we have previously run a trip for GCSE students to Berlin. We hope to be able to offer this trip again in future years.