History Key Stage 4

History Covid recovery statement 

During lockdown your child was provided with live lessons focusing on key historical content and skills. We are confident that, if your child engaged with tasks set and live lessons offered, our educational offering should have helped to reduce what would have been missed in the classroom. Students were able to develop their knowledge during the live lessons and apply this alongside skills in the home learning tasks. Year 9 students who opted for GCSE History were given the opportunity to complete a series of enquiries with the aim of mastering source evaluation techniques and making substantiated judgements. 

What are the gaps? 

Knowledge: students were not able to study each unit of study in depth as we would have studied in the classroom.  Some aspects of the units we studied were not suitable for remote learning so schemes had to be adapted to accommodate this. 

Skills: Students were given the opportunity to develop key historical skills, but remote learning meant that they were not able to master each skill set.  Within class we are continuously giving students live feedback and strategies to strengthen their abilities further but delivering live lessons restricted our ability to do this rigorously.  

How will they be addressed?

As a result of our lockdown curriculum our first focus on returning to in school lessons has been to give students the opportunity to develop, with the aim of mastering, the following key historical skills:

  • > Historical Knowing: improving substantive knowledge recall and increase wider chronological awareness.
  • > Thinking Historically: helping students to progress in making sense of the ‘substance’ of history with application of second-order historical concepts (cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, significance); as well as engaging with the use of historical sources and interpretations, analysing and evaluating how the past is constructed and interpreted in different ways as emerging skills.
  • > Writing Historically: progressing students with the tools to ‘speak like a historian’, as well as writing and communicating a range of small, medium and extended responses to specific enquires.

We know your child will have some gaps from missing in school teaching during COVID lockdown, but we have made sure our curriculum addresses these as a priority. Our lessons are differentiated to ensure your child accesses the work that is suited to their current level, but crucially has the opportunity to challenge them beyond that level consistently. We take time every lesson for students to build their metacognition skills which will allow them to take control of their own learning and for them to feel comfortable and confident working independently. We are also using self and peer assessment to enable your child to more confidently assess their own strengths and areas for development to empower them to take control of their learning. Whilst marking work we will be able to identify more gaps and adapt our teaching to fill these and our weekly home learning tasks will give your child the opportunity to consolidate their learning. 


What are students expected to do?

Students will be required to work hard and meet high expectations in the classroom. Students are encouraged through reflective tasks to confidently assess their own strengths and areas for development to empower them to take control of their learning. We are marking work and adapting our teaching in response to the student’s efforts to plug the gaps we identify. Home learning will be issued every week and students are expected to complete this to a high standard and submit this on time.

How can I support my child?

> Talk to them about what they have learnt in History.

> Ensure they complete all home learning

  • > Year 10 useful websites

USA a Nation of Contrasts – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyyc3k7

  •  > Year 11 useful websites

USA a Nation of Contrasts – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyyc3k7

Changes in Entertainment and Leisure in Britain c500 to the present day http://resource.download.wjec.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/vtc/2015-16/15-16_40/changes-in-entertainment.pdf

Contact us – the history team are available to contact via email – just ask. Any questions or concerns you have we’re here for you and happy to help!    

skhaliq@stretfordhigh.com                    jlee@stretfordhigh.com          eclark@stretfordhigh.com

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum Overview Unit content
Term 1 Non-British Depth Study The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910-1929
Term 2 Thematic Study and Historic Environment Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain c.500 – Present Day
Term 3 Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain c.500 – Present Day


Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 Period Study Germany 1919-1991
Term 2 British Depth Study Early Elizabethan England 1558/1588
Term 3 Revision and exams