History at Park School focuses upon providing pupils with a fully immersive curriculum which will allow them to evaluate past events and empathise with people from other time periods.  We utilise the events of the past to inform students about the world around them and focus upon developing literacy levels.  Our committed team of teachers believe that fun is the key component of learning and so we work hard to ensure that pupils are able to complete a variety of engaging and stimulating learning experiences.  These include ‘Black Death Ginger Bread Men’, Heraldry Shields and model Motte and Bailey Castles, Slave Diaries, Titanic Travel Brochures and Intelligence Agency Spy Reports.  This enables students not only to  develop historical knowledge and understanding, but also to develop a wide range of analytical skills that are applicable, not only in History,  but in other subjects, in Further Education and in the work place.


At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum and provide pupils with wide ranging opportunities to develop as independent resilient learners, building the capacity to develop their own interests within the subject areas.  We incorporate a wide range of assessment in order to monitor students’ progress whilst ensuring that they are focused upon ‘next steps’ and how to get there.  We provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including a Year 7 Story Telling Day, Year 8 Visit to the SS Great Britain, the Year 9 Visit to the Cabinet War rooms and the Imperial War Museum, as well as Easter trips to the Battlefields of France, Belgium and to Auschwitz.


At KS4, the principles upon which we base our teaching do not change. The aim is to continue to promote independent learning.  Students follow the Edexcel History B Syllabus, including the Transformation of Surgery, the History of Medicine, The Vietnam War, Germany 1919-45 and the American West.  We use the VLE extensively to provide support for learning and revision through differentiated resources, collaborative learning and teacher support.  It also provides students with  opportunities to develop areas of individual interest further.  We host a range of enrichment activities, including visits to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons , the Old Operating Theatre and Native American Dance Workshops.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

How to be a Timelord -Skills Unit ½ Term

How did the Neolithic revolution change society?'

What have the Romans done for us?

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

How did William maintain control? (Castles, Feudal System, Domesday Book)


How did Henry VIII solve his problems?

Who were the Stuarts? ½ Term

What was it like to be a slave? (Slave Diary)


How did the discoveries of the explorers change British and European society?

What can we learn about class attitudes, from the Titanic disaster? ½ Term

How did two bullets kill 20 million people? (Causes of WW1).

What was it like to be a soldier in the trenches during WW1?

How were the Nazis able to carry out the Holocaust?

What are the problems of Kingship?

-magna carta; peasants revolt.

½ Term

What can we learn from the Black Death about Medieval Medicine?

How did the Black Death change Britain?


How did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?

How did a small island take control?

(British Empire).

Suffragettes vs Suffragists

WW2 Independent Research Project     ( Evacuees, Pearl Harbour, Battle of Britain, North Devon’s Role in D day).




Year 10

Year 11

The History of Medicine

Development Study (25%)

How have medicine and public health developed between the Roman Period and the 20th Century?

The Transformation of Surgery (25%)

Source based investigation

How were the problems of Pain, Infection, and Blood loss conquered during the latter part of the 19th Century.

The Vietnam War

Controlled Assessment (25%)

Why did the USA become involved in conflict in Vietnam? What tactics were employed by both sides? How did people in the USA react to the conflict?


The Rise of Hitler? (25%)

Depth Study

How did WW1 impact on Germany? What problems were faced by the Weimar Republic? What was the impact of the Great Depression upon Germany?

How did the Nazi party change during the 20th Century?

How did Hitler Seize Power?
What was it like to live in Nazi Germany?

KS4 – GCSE Edexcel Syllabus 2HB01


On the 4th - 7th April 2014, 48 Year 9 and Year 10 students went on the Battlefields Trip.

Below is a link to the North Devon Journal story published 15th May 2014, about the trip.

Battlefields North Devon Journal story

Geography and History Italy 2015

Rome & Sorrento 15th-18th July 2015.

This was an amazing trip, which was fully enjoyed by all! Aimed at Year 10 and 11 Geography and History students, to support and enhance the learning that takes place at GCSE in both subjects. The trip itinerary included visiting:-

• Trevi Fountain – Rome

• Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

• Ancient Forum

• Colosseum

• Pantheon

• Sorrento

• Mount Vesuvius

• Pompeii

• Solfatara

The weather for the whole trip was glorious sunshine, but ridiculously hot – it hit 40 degrees on our final day, and we all learned the value of air conditioning! As always the students did us proud, and to quote one student “That was the best school trip I have ever been on”! We are now starting to plan the next trip, which will be 19th-22nd July 2017. For more information see Mrs Goodman or Mr Cuthbertson!