History continues to be a politically important subject,
as it helps students understand the world in which they live today.
At Top Valley Academy we believe that students should have the
opportunity to learn about a range of subjects from different time
periods and different places around the world. History also teaches
students many key transferable skills which are important in all
aspects of their work, such as judgement, analysis of sources and
an understanding of different points of view. Finally, the History
department do everything possible to make learning about the past
as interesting and exciting as possible. You will fight battles,
try Kings and live many different lives in your history lessons at
Top Valley Academy. All the KS3 lessons at Top Valley Academy have
been written especially for our students, there are no boring
Experiencing history first hand should also mean students
leave the school to visit and find out about the topics we study.
In Year 7, all students visit Warwick Castle as part of their
Castles topic, in Years 7 and 8 students also get the opportunity
to visit the WW1 trenches in our Battlefields trip to Belgium. At
GCSE level students in Y10 have the chance to visit our Parliament
in Westminster and hopefully will soon be able to visit Berlin as
part of the Germany 1918-1945 course.
Students in years 7, 8 & 9 have two lessons per week,
year 10 have 3 lessons a week and year 11 have two.
Key skills needed for history lessons will be taught in the
introductory unit. As part of this students will investigate some
mysterious disappearances, research their family history and learn
about how Nottingham has changed.
Norman Invasion -
Students will learn about the Norman invasion of England in 1066
culminating in taking part in a re-enactment of the Battle of
Medieval Life -
Students will find out what it would have been like to live in
Medieval England. Will you be a Peasant or a Lord?
Students will investigate how Castles became so important in
England, see how new technologies changed them over time and have
the chance to design their own castle. This will include a visit to
Outlaws - An
investigation into how Robin Hood has been interpreted in different
Students will find out about one of the most famous families in
history looking at the events of the Tudor period, including
finding Elizabeth a husband in Tudor 'Take Me Out' and becoming a
boat in the Spanish Armada.
Students will see how the events of Stuart England changed how our
country runs today. You will have the chance to try a king in court
and redesign the Union Flag for today.
Exploration and the New World -
Students will learn about the tribes of the Americas before the
Europeans arrived and what the impact they had.
Students will learn about the Slave trade, the life of Slaves and
how these terrible events were ended in running an Abolition
campaign. This section also looks at the political and economic
reasons for, and outcomes of Slavery.
Revolutions - Pupils will look at the
American and French Revolutions to see how Britain was challenged
on the world stage.
Industrial Revolution -
Students will find out how life changed as Britain became an
Industrialised nation, including Factory trials, Workhouses and
Victorian Life -
What did Victorians do for fun? How were their lives changed with
the vote? Who was Jack the Ripper?
Edwardian Britain and the Road to WW1 -
How did people live at the start of the
Century and what happened in Europe that led to a World
The horrors of the Trenches and the lives of soldiers are
investigated, including dressing up as a WW1 soldier.
Between the Wars -
Students will learn how one war led directly to a second with the
rise of Dictators such as Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. Students
will also find out about life in America in the 1920s and
Students will learn about the key battles that took place in WW2
and how the people of Britain dealt with War. Students will also
get to find out about some of the most important figures in History
with case studies of Churchill and Hitler.
Cold War -
Students will find out how the world went Nuclear and the changes
in the lives of people around the world.
UK today- What is Britain like
today? How is it run? And how may it change in the
GCSE taster - pupils are taught in the style
on a GCSE lesson to give them a feeling of what taking GCSE history
A GCSE in History is an excellent qualification to be able
to take to Colleges and Universities, as it is a well-respected
course that shows students ability to learn a large amount of
content, interpret points of view and write at length. It also is
an interesting and thought provoking subject in which we cover a
range of differing topics from Ancient Civilisations to events
taking place in the news today.
At Top Valley Academy we follow the OCR History A (J415)
Syllabus. This is made up of 3 parts:
A study in depth, a study in development and a controlled
Students are assessed in two exams at the end of Y11 and a
controlled assessment completed in class.
Medicine Through Time - Students
will learn how medicine has changed the way people live from the
Prehistoric Period to the Present day. As part of this we will look
Egypt - Mummification and the first doctors
Greece - Hippocrates and the start of Medicine
Rome - Public Health and Galen
Medieval - The Plague and Religion
Key discoveries from Jenner, Pasteur, Koch, Fleming, Lister and
Medicine Today -
Changes in Nursing, New technologies, the NHS and problems
Germany 1918-1945 -
Students will learn about Germany and how the nation
struggled after the First World War and how Hitler took control and
led Germany to War. As part of this students will look
The Treaty of Versailles, Uprisings in Germany, the Ruhr
Crisis, Hyperinflation, Culture, The rise of Hitler and Nazi Party,
how Hitler was able to gain power and life in Nazi Germany for
Workers, Children and Women.
Arab / Israeli Crisis: Controlled
An investigation into this long running and very current
crisis in the Middle East, looking at why it is taking place and
how people live today. This is an assessment worth 25% of the final
GCSE grade and will be completed in school. We will use lots of
modern sources from the internet including Twitter and a number of
news websites and see life in the area with a number of
Pupils will have an extensive revision programme to
prepare them fully for their GCSE exams. As part of this pupils
will be given a range of revision materials which are made
in-house, to ensure pupils have the right information to help them