Welcome to the curriculum page for History.

At West Hill, we promote a love of history and arouse a curiosity of our past. Our curriculum teaches students to understand where we came from and our place in the context of Great Britain and the wider world. Students explore how key historical events and individuals for example, Rosa Parks inform our present.

In lessons, students are challenged to be creative thinkers and reflective learners through a variety of engaging learning activities. The study and evaluation of a range of sources such as documents, artefacts, images, films, music and oral accounts are central to our approach. I.C.T. is used to ensure that students are able to access a wide variety of web based sources, to conduct independent research enquiries and also support revision. 

Literacy is a fundamental skill needed to achieve highly in History and therefore there is a strong element of literacy which underpins teaching and learning. Students learn to write at length to answer key questions such as ‘Henry VIII deserves the title: Henry the Great’. How far do you agree?’  

West Hill historians leave school with the skill set to independently question, analyse and challenge information given. Students develop high levels of literacy, writing articulately and paying attention to fine detail.


Curriculum Information - History

Subject Guides for Parents


To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have:

  • Blue or black pen x 2
  • Green pen
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Planner

It will also help him if he has:

  • Set of colouring pens or pencils
  • Set of highlighters
  • A pair of compasses

Aiming Higher - Medicine


To support your son, resources are available on the school’s VLE, vle.westhillschool.co.uk.  We also make use of the following websites:

In Years 7 to 9, there are textbooks available which you may wish to purchase to support your son:

In Years 10 and 11 we use the textbooks:

  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Medicine Through Time c.1250-present. Ian Dawson ISBN 9781471861376
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. Steve Waugh, John Wright ISBN 9781471861918
  • Hodder GCSE History for EdexcelSuperpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 - 1991. Steve Waugh, John Wright ISBN 9781471861840
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel Early Elizabethan England 1558-88. Barbara Mervyn ISBN 9781471861819


In years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Pearson Edexcel Level1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History (1HI0) course.  This course is assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11.  The exam is based on three papers.  Further details are available from the examination board here: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html.

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