History at Shuttleworth College aims to extend and deepen a student’s knowledge and understanding of British, local, and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning.

Pupils are taught to identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. Our historical studies begin in 1066 and from that point cover a breadth of social, political, economic and religious themes leading up to and including events of the twentieth century. Students are encouraged to develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context. Crucially, they are taught to recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them to understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their role as responsible citizens.

We support literacy by…

speaking and listening, as discussion and debate are at the heart of historical studies. We explore people’s feelings, conditions, motives, and relationships. History is concerned with the questioning and interpretation of texts of various kinds, including objects and images. We also support literacy by developing structures and frameworks to enable students to access different types of historical questions and build up their knowledge and understanding of key historical vocabulary. Throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 we embed and consistently teach literacy skills such nonfiction reading, note-taking, information writing, and essay writing.

We support numeracy by…

using data records as source material, creating graphs, and analysing statistics in a wide range of contexts.


Student resources:

Key Stage 3 –

Shuttleworth Humanities Youtube Channel

Useful BBC sites include: www.bbc.co.uk/history        www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

Search the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site: www.cwgc.org

Search primary sources using the National Archives: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Spartacus (good for general research): https://spartacus-educational.com/

Key Stage 4 –

Shuttleworth Humanities Youtube Channel

Useful BBC sites include: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history



GCSE Revision notes: www.johndclare.net

GCSE History revision with Ben Newmark: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBennewmark



How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

Students in Key Stage 3 are set as in their English lessons.  In Key Stage 4 students are in broader sets according to ability.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Years 7 – 9: 2 hours per week
  • Year 10: 2.5 hours per week
  • Year 11: 3 hours per week

What are the career opportunities with this subject?

History qualifications are held and regularly used by people in many roles, including archaeologists, teachers, journalists, civil servants, editorial assistants, politician’s assistants, solicitors, and web content managers. Throughout the history curriculum at Shuttleworth College we strive to ensure that careers information is integrated within lessons to enable students to see the value of studying history and the transferable skills it affords. An example of how we do this is shown below.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

We have a trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium to develop understanding of the theatre of war. The History department also has close links with Gawthorpe Hall and are involved in numerous community remembrance projects.


Mrs. H. Klee


History 5 Year Curriculum Map

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History Syllabus

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“'The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”

Theodore Roosevelt