Intent  –  We have the vision to encourage our pupils to follow a skills and knowledge based ambitious curriculum that inspires an enthusiasm and passion for the study of History and how to apply that to the modern world. Additionally, we intend that to be within the Christian ethos of St Francis Xavier`s College.

Implementation  –  We will aim to encourage this before pupils join the school through primary transition and we will encourage pupils to make links with other curriculum areas through their work in History. Ultimately, we aim to contribute significantly to preparation for future life through a sequenced and tested curriculum. This is achieved through skills learned and developed in History, such as interpretation, evaluation, substantiating judgements and showing conceptual awareness.

Impact:   We want pupils who have striven to gather knowledge and crucially who remember that knowledge and link it up. History also
contributes to the social, moral and cultural development of pupils preparing them to be good
members of the community and society. We hope to make a significant contribution to the future pathway of each student.



  • Mr Fisher Head of Department
  • Miss Crickett
  • Mr Green
Learning Journey: The SFX History Curriculum Journey

Brief Overview:

Key Stage 3: 

Year 7

Term 1 What is History? (mini transition project)

The study of an aspect or theme in British History that consolidates and extends pupils chronological knowledge from before 1066 – Iron Age Britain

In Depth Project  – The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 – 

Term 2  In Depth Project – The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 – 

Term 3  In Depth Project – The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509- 

Year 8

Term 1  In Depth Project – Aspects of Life in Tudor Britain

Term 2  In Depth Project – The English Civil War period

Term 3  In Depth Project – Native Americans

Year 9

Term 1  In Depth Project – Aspects of Life in Industrial Britain (Incorporating GCSE Links to Germany 1890-1945)

Term 2  World War One (Incorporating GCSE Links to Germany 1890-1945)

Term 3  World War Two (Incorporating GCSE links to East and West Cold war) 

Key Stage 4  AQA Exam Board : GCSE History 

Year 10  Component 8145 / Paper 1

Term 1  Germany 1890-1945 (Option B)

Term 2  Germany /  East and West Conflict and Tension 1945-75 

Term 3 East and West Conflict and Tension 1945-75  (Option C)

Year 11 Component 8145/ Paper 2 

Term 1 Britain Health and the People c1000 to the present (Option A)

Term 2 Britain Health and the People / Elizabethan England

Term 3 Elizabethan England (Option C)

Key Stage 5 – AQA  Advanced Level : Component Code 7042 / 2E and 2K

Year 12   Options 2E and 2K

Term 1 

English Revolution (2E) 1625-9

English Revolution 1629-37

USA Development of a Superpower 1865-1890

Term 2 

English Revolution 1637-40

English Revolution 1640-2

USA Development of a Superpower 1890 – 1900 (2K)

Term 3 

English Revolution Exam Practice

Historical Investigations Preparation

USA Development of a Superpower 1900-1910

Year 13

Term 1 

English Revolution 1642-9

English Revolution 1649-53

USA Development of a Superpower 1910-1939

Term 2 

English Revolution 1653-60

English Revolution Exam Prep

USA Development of a Superpower 1939-1975

Term 3 

English Revolution 1625-9 Exam Prep / Public Exams

USA Development of a Superpower Exam Prep / Public Exams

Out of Hours Activities :

Mr Fisher Exam Prep – After School Drop in

Mr Green Exam Prep  – After School Drop in


Ask them what they think about specific events in history? Why was it important?
Encourage them to watch documentaries and read books on historical people or events that capture their interest and imagination.


Year 7 – Chester to explore Roman History ; Castles in the North West such as Lancaster Castle and Clitheroe Castle. Conwy Castle is also a great example showing the power of the Norman and Plantagenet kings.
Year 8 – Speke Hall Liverpool designed in the Tudor style and Rufford Old Hall where a young William Shakespeare was rumoured to have performed. Quarry Bank Mill would be worth visiting to coincide with when we study the Industrial Revolution.
Year 9 – The Maritime Museum Liverpool/International War Museum Manchester.


BBC Teach has many fantastic items. The Historical Association has lots of useful documentaries, in particular on European and world history. UK parliament is brilliant for many aspects of British History. Watch historically based movies as well to gather interest or even Horrible Histories.


Biographies about William the Conqueror, King John, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Cromwell, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X
Dan Jones: Crusaders
Ian Mortimer: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England/Elizabethan England
Slavery: 12 years a slave by Solomon Northup
WW1: They called it Passchendaele, War Horse, All quiet on the Western Front
Andrew Crozier: The Causes of the Second World War
USA in the 1930/40/50/60’s and Civil Rights: Of Mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye, The Feminine Mystique, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Help, Malcolm X autobiography
The Holocaust: The diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank, The Book Thief, Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen.


The Historical Association

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):

Historical Association 

Historic England

AQA Exam Board

Year 12 and 13 English Revolution Unit Website:  www.bcwproject


Google Classroom

Show My Homework


Year 7 Virtual Visits