General information

History at Trinity House Academy is a problem solving discipline which allows students the opportunity to research, interpret and articulate their own opinions of historical events. The department ethos is based on collaborate and independent learning and doffs its hat to the principles of metacognition and Learning to Learn skills. Student feedback indicates that pupils at the academy enjoy the subject and that they feel appropriately challenged for their ability.  

The study of history will provide students access to:

  • Archival evidence and museum installations
  • Site visits to places of historical interest.
  • Primary evidence from the period of study.
  • A selection of recently published textbooks designed for secondary schools.
  • A range of material from established and celebrated historians.
  • The use of film and media to enhance and engage learning.
  • The use of ICT for research and word processing.
  • Technical use of all MS Office applications.
  • Access to advanced Google products to enhance out of school learning such as Google Blogger. 


Staff MemberRole
 Mr S. Currie Subject Leader of History
 Mrs H. Metcalfe Teacher of History

Key Stage 3

All students receive 2 lessons of history per week in years 7 and 8.  KS3 History follows a chronological narrative which helps students to see the inter-relationship between events and allows them to build up a big picture of British History from the Roman invasion to the late 20th century. Assessment at KS3 is divided into 4 keys skills:

  • Historical knowledge
  • Historical Analysis
  • Assessing the utility of sources.
  • Assessing the historical interpretations. 

Key Stage 4

At present, GCSE students follow the Edexcel history syllabus which allows students to have a broad and balanced study of history over an 800-year period.  The topics studies are:

  • British Warfare through time 1250-present.
  • Study of a historic site – London during the bombing campaign of WW2.
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088
  • The American West 1835-1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 

All students will sit 3 exam papers on 3 separate occasions. Students final award is based on terminal examination, coursework no longer contributes to the final mark in GCSE History. The paper distribution is:

  • Paper 1 – Warfare and historic site (30% of GCSE).
  • Paper 2 – Norman England & The American West (40% of GCSE).
  • Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany (40% of GCSE).  
Exam Board: Edexcel
Paper 130%Thematic   Study and the historical environment: Lasts 1hour and 15 minutes with 52 marks available. This will be taken at the end of year 11. 
Paper 240%Period   study and British Depth Study: Lasts 1hour and 45 minutes with 64 marks available. This will also be taken at the end of year 11.
Paper 330%Modern   Study: Lasts 1hour and 20 minutes with 52 marks available. Taken at the end of year 11.
Paper 1 - Thematic Study and the historical   environment.
  •   British Warfare through time C1250-Present day.  
  •   London during the Bombing campaign of WW2.

The warfare unit is a study of change and continuity within the British army over an 800 years period approximately. Students learn about major battles involving British armies in the medieval, early modern industrial and modern periods of history. They will track changes and continuity in a number of factors such as tactics, weapons and armour, recruitment and the impact on civilians. They will need to use their wider knowledge of the four periods to assess why changes in warfare happened and why things remained the same. Please note that there is no obligation for students to visit London as part of the historic site (although this would be beneficial). The study of the London bombings is done through contemporary source material. 

Paper 2 – Period study and British Depth Study

  •   American West C1835-C1895.
  •   Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088

The American west is a study of how settlers came to migrate across and populate the whole continent of America. They will learn about opportunities and problems that pulled and pushed the migrants west and how this brought them into conflict with the indigenous peoples of America. The Anglo-Saxon and Norman unit allows students to assess how far the Norman invasion impacted on life in England and how some of the features of this invasion are still part of our culture today. They will learn how Anglo-Saxons resisted their Norman masters and the methods used by the invaders to supress and control their subjects.

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study

  •   Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.
Key themes in this unit asses the threats to the new German democracy after WW1 and how a mixture of economic, political and national factors help to usher in the most notorious 12 years in modern history. Students will be encouraged to form their own historical arguments about how Hitler was able to come to power, how he established and maintained a dictatorship over the German people and how far Germans   benefited under Nazi rule. A key skill   in this unit is being to assess how the history of Germany has been   interpreted in different ways by historians and students will need to evaluate the quality of interpretation and explain the evidence upon which they have been formed.
Revision Resources

Dynamic   Learning website
This website is provided by Hodder education. It gives students access to an electronic copy of all key textbooks to be used to support their learning. This had been paid for by the academy and is therefore free to you.

Revision Techniques
Dynamic   LearningSome of the lessons on this site have quizzes to test knowledge, podcasts, and worksheets. Working your way through these will   improve your learning.
WarfareTo get the highest marks you need to develop a sense of each of the 4 major time periods. Therefore watching any films and documentaries about the medieval, early modern, industrial and modern period will help you to develop a sense of society and government at this time. For   example – the ‘kings and queens’ series is available on you tube and will help you to assess how the personality and will of rulers in the medieval and early modern period shaped warfare.  
Thematic   revisionYou   teacher will help you identify key themes emerging from the units and you should organise your revision under these themes. This will help you to become more analytical in your history. For example:
  •   Warfare – the changing composition of armies
  •   Historic Site – what was done to protect Londoners in the Blitz
  •   American West – the development of agriculture on the plaines
  •   Anglo-Saxons – How did William establish control over the Anglo-Saxons
  •   Germany – How befitted and who did not benefit under Nazi Rule.
Podcasts  Locate appropriate podcasts on GCSE pod. Use the worksheets provided by your teacher to make the experience more interactive and therefore, helping to enhance your learning.
Edexcel   resourcesObtain a copy of the ‘target history’ workbooks provided by edexcel. These are mixture of knowledge and tasks which will help you to test how much you have learned. There are 2 levels of books for every subject – one for those aiming to get a good pass (grade 5) and one for those aiming to get the highest grade (grade 9)
Explore   the optionsTry a multitude of the revision techniques that are on display in your history class room. Keep trying different methods until you find something that works for you. The important thing is not just to read, you must do something to help take the information in. Never read without a pen and paper nearby.