St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Number of Sessions Per Week: 3 x 1 Hour lessons over 2 weeks

Homework: At least once over the 2 weeks

The purpose of our History curriculum is to engage our students into the events that have shaped us and our world into what it is today in the 21st Century. Everyone has history – we are living existence of this and represent our ancestors, many of whom will have played important roles in history, maybe even fighting in World War I or World War II. The Year 7 and Year 8 curriculum is designed to help our students appreciate their own culture and heritage as citizens of Great Britain and the wider world, to stimulate their curiosity and imagination as well as enabling them to think through complicated issues, reflect on the morality of actions in the past before presenting their judgements as reasoned arguments.


Year 7

The Neolithic Revolution

Roman Britain

The Norman Conquest

The Feudal System

The Domesday Book

The Death of Thomas Becket

The Magna Carta

The Black Death

The Peasants Revolt

The Renaissance, Martin Luther and the European Reformation;

The divorce crisis, Henry VIII and the English Reformation;

Henry’s children, the Counter Reformation, Elizabeth 1st, the Spanish Armada and Mary Queen of Scots;

The reign of James 1st, the Gunpowder Plot and the Pendle Witches;

The Causes of the Civil War;

Cromwell Hero or Villain and Life in the Commonwealth;

The Glorious Revolution


Year 8

The Agricultural and Industrial Revolution

Child Workers in the 18th and 19th century

Protest and Reform, Britain 1750-1900

The Peterloo Massacre

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Causes of World War One

Life in the Trenches

The Battle of the Somme & Field Marshall Haig

Women’s Suffrage

The Russian Revolution

The Rise of Hitler

Life in Hitler’s Germany

The Holocaust

The events of World War Two:

The Evacuation of Dunkirk

The Battle of Britain

The Blitz

The dropping of the Atomic Bomb.


Lessons involve a variety of teaching styles and independent work is encouraged. We believe that by allowing pupils to participate in a range of activities, they will develop the necessary academic and social skills to make progress in school, life, learning and work.


Year 7 and Year 8 Syllabus