Our intent at Wordsley is to provide a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip our pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time, helping pupils become well-rounded citizens of our community. 


At Wordsley we ensure that pupils have a coherent, chronological narrative, from the Vikings in Britain to the present day throughout KS3. Pupils examine how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world to know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world. They identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. 


Pupils will also develop and use historical skills, terms and concepts, such as significance, cause and consequence, change and continuity, analysing historical sources and historian’s interpretations in increasingly sophisticated ways. 


Our curriculum inspires pupils’ curiosity through historical enquiries. We combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of history. They will gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Through our curriculum, pupils will extend and deepen their chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. This provides a well-informed context for wider learning across other school subjects, but also outside of Wordsley.

Learning Journey

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Growth PAthways KS3

GCSE History (1HI0) 9-1

Examination: 100% of the GCSE

  • The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three externally examined papers in the Summer of Year 11.

Thematic study and historic environment (Option 11: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches) 30% of qualification (9-1).

Period study and British depth study (Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 with Option 25: The American West, c1835–c1895) 40% of qualification (9-1).

Modern depth study (Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39) 30% of qualification (9-1).


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