Aims of the Department

We value skills, achievement and the desire for knowledge along with application and effort. The History curriculum is Gerard towards boys and builds on knowledge and skills from year 7 through to year 11 developing in the boys the skills required to be successful not only in GCSE History but also in further study and as inquisitive men of character throughout their lives. 

We also believe in real life experiential learning opportunities for all our boys; this includes a trip to Warwick castle in year, the Docklands Museum in year 8, the Imperial War Museum in year 9, Pevensey Castle in year 10 as well as a residential trip to Berlin. 


Department staff

  • Alison Farrell - Head of Humanities,a.farrell@fulhamboysschool.org.uk
  • Yasmin Kenssous - Head of History
  • James Freeman - History Teacher and Enterprise Assistant
  • Angharad Davies - History and Politics Teacher 
  • Sam Johnson - Deputy Head Teacher, History Teacher

Our approach to lessons

All lessons in History are engaging and allow the boys to demonstrate their inquisitive nature by investigating the past. Boys are able to explore historical interpretations and use their evaluative skills to judge significance and evaluate utility.


Year 7 curriculum

The Norman Conquest

Big question: What’s so special about the Battle of Hastings?

  • Accession crisis of 1066
  • Candidates for the throne 
  • Battles including Stamford Bridge and Hastings 
  • William’s tactics and Harold’s failings 
  • Norman England 

Big question: Just how much did William the Conqueror change England?

  • The Harrying of the North 
  • Domesday Book 
  • The Feudal system

Castle evolution 

Big question: Motte and what?! Castle Evolution

  • Motte and Bailey castles 
  • Stone Keep castles 
  • Concentric castles 
  • Castle attack and defense 

The Crusades  

Big question: Just how holy were the Crusades?

  • Richard I 
  • Saladin 
  • Reasons for the Crusades
  • The First Crusade 
  • Impact of the Crusades 

Thomas Becket  

BIg question: Thomas Becket’s Dead- Whodunnit?

  • Thomas Becket
  • Henry II 
  • The relationship between the church and the monarchy 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 7 

  • In class assessment sometimes using sources at least every 6 weeks 
  • Exams in Autumn and Summer Term including source questions and an extended answer

Year 8 curriculum

The Reformation   

BIg question: What Made the Modern World?

  • Martin Luther 
  • Religion under the Tudors 
  • Gunpowder, treason and plot 

The English Civil War 

BIg question: Why were the English fighting each other?

  • Causes of the Civil War 
  • The New Model Army  
  • The trial of Charles I 
  • Death of the King 

Oliver Cromwell 

BIg question: Who would ban Christmas?

  • The Puritans 
  • Cromwell and the Jews
  • Cromwell and Ireland 
  • Cromwell: Hero or Villain? 

The British Empire

BIg question: Rule Britannia or cruel Britannia? 

  • The growth of the Empire 
  • Impact of the Empire
  • How should the Empire be remembered?  

The Transatlantic Slave Trade 

BIg question: How could people own other people? 

  • What was the slave trade? 
  • The middle passage
  • Slave sale
  • Life on the plantation 
  • The abolition of slavery 

The extension of the franchise  

BIg question: Why did people protest against the government? 

  • Life in 19th century England
  • The Chartist movement 
  • The Suffrage movement 
  • Freedom fighter or terrorist? 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 8 

  • In class assessment sometimes using sources at least every 6 weeks 
  • Exams in Autumn and Summer Term including source questions and an extended answer

Year 9 curriculum

The impact of WW1

BIg question: Was the Second World War inevitable? 

  • Overview of WW1
  • Versailles 
  • International relations 
  • The development of dictatorships 
  • Causes of WWII


BIg question: How should we remember the victims of war? 

  • Overview of WWII
  • Dunkirk 
  • Anti-semitism in Nazi Germany 
  • The Final Solution 
  • Jewish Resistance 

England in 1945 

BIg question: Why did Churchill win a war but lose an election? 

  • The impact of war 
  • The welfare state
  • The 1945 election 

The Cold War 

BIg question: Did the world nearly end as we know it? 

  • Why was there a Cold war? 
  • The Berlin blockade
  • The Korean War  
  • The Vietnam War 
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis 
  • The Soviet War in Afghanistan 


  • BIg question: Is the war safer or more dangerous? 
  • The IRA
  • The PLO 
  • The Twin Towers 
  • ISIS
  • Extremism in schools 
  • Terrorism and stereotyping 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 9 

  • In class assessment sometimes using sources at least every 6 weeks 
  • Exams in Autumn and Summer Term including source questions and an extended answer


The History GCSE is comprised of 4 units:

Paper 1 - 2 hours:

  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Conflict & Tension 1918-1939

Paper 2 - 2 hours

  • The Normans 1066-1100
  • Power and the People 1170-the present day 

The course gives boys the opportunity to explore both depth and breadth. The Germany and Norman units explore short periods of history in great depth allowing boys to delve into critical analysis using primary sources to gain insight social, political and economic changes. The Conflict & Tension unit and Power and the People are breadth studies that afford the opportunity to explore causation, change and consequence over time, comparing factors and making insightful, sustained judgements about significance. 

Year 10 curriculum

Germany 1890-1945

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II and the difficulties of ruling Germany up till 1914
  • The impact of WWI on Germany 
  • The new Weimar Democracy 
  • The Depression and the rise of the Nazis
  • The failure of Weimar Democracy 
  • The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship
  • Economic changes in Nazi Germany 
  • Social policy and practice in Nazi Germany 
  • Control and resistance in Nazi Germany 

Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

  • The armistice: aims of the peacemakers 
  • The Versailles settlement 
  • Impact of the treaty and wider settlement 
  • The LEague of Nations 
  • Diplomacy outside of the League 
  • The collapse of the League 
  • The development of tension 
  • The escalation of tension 
  • The outbreak of war 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 10

  • In class exam practice every other week 
  • Autumn exam (Germany unit) 
  • Summer exam (full paper 1) 

Year 11 curriculum


  • Causes of the Norman conquest 
  • Military aspects 
  • Establishing and maintaining control 
  • Feudalism and government 
  • Economic and social changes 
  • The church 
  • Monasticism  

Power and the People 1170-Present Day 

  • Constraints on Kingship 
  • The origins of parliament 
  • Medieval revolt and royal authority 
  • Popular uprisings against the crown 
  • Divine right and parliamentary authority 
  • Royal authority and the right of representation 
  • The extension of the franchise 
  • Protest and change 
  • Workers’ movements
  • Women’s rights
  • Workers’ rights 
  • Minority rights 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 11

  • Academic Fitness test (full paper 1) in September 
  • Full mock exam in January 
  • In class exam practice every other week

Year 12 curriculum


Unit 1: Non-British Study- The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995

  • The Origins of the Cold War to 1945
  • The Development of the Cold War 1946-1955
  • The Cold War 1956-1984
  • The end of the Cold War 1984-1995

Unit 2: From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire

  • The governance and administration of the Empire
  • Opposition to British Rule
  • Impact of imperial power on the periphery and Britain
  • The British Empire and its impact on international relations

How the boys will be assessed in Year 12

  • Paper 2: The Cold War in Europe 1941- 1995

1 hour

30 marks

  • Paper 3: The British Empire

2h 30m

80 marks

Year 13 curriculum


Unit 1: Elizabethan England: Late Tudors

  • Elizabeth and religion
  • Nature of Elizabethan Monarch, Government and Parliament
  • Elizabeth’s management of financial, economic and social affairs
  • Elizabethan later years: 1588-1603

Unit 2: Coursework- Topic Based Essay

  • 3,000- 4,000 work essay
  • Based on your son’s chosen topic


How the boys will be assessed in Year 13

  •  Paper 1: Elizabethan England

1h 30m

50 marks


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