History Curriculum Intent 



History at Benfield School will equip our students with the knowledge and understanding, together with key historical skills to become informed, well equipped citizens of Britain and the world. Serving the east end of Newcastle, the History curriculum at Benfield has been designed with a strong focus the development of, and the challenges against on the core British values of Democracy, Liberty, Tolerance, Respect and the Rule of Law. By providing our students with a clear sequence of Historical events, and by diving deep in to the issues surrounding key moments and developments in History, we will provide students with the cultural capital to appreciate and contribute to Britain and the World.

The Benfield History curriculum has been planned around a logical chronological and thematic progression to enable students to connect new ideas to the knowledge and understanding already acquired, and in that way promote deeper and more robust learning. While the curriculum recognises the importance of factual knowledge as the material with which we construct understanding, and provide evidence for ideas, it rejects simple memorising of facts.

The key concepts and skills at the core of the curriculum are knowledge and understanding, change and continuity, and enquiry. Together these form a secure foundation that allows our students to pursue the study of History further, or to go on to their adult lives with essential knowledge and skills to appreciate, understand and question the world around them

The Impact of our curriculum is measured continuously through assessment of current topics based on three assessment strands which correlate with our three key skills. Rigorous assessment of the deep understanding of students occurs at the mid-point and end of the year for Key Stage three students, which will relate to any of the previous topics studied, and therefore measure the learning that has been embedded in the long term memory of students.


Why is the world like it is today? How did we reach this point in time?

Historians are detectives who use clues and evidence to search for the truth.

This is a full GCSE course (Edexcel exam board, History).

Paper 1 Thematic study and historic environment (30%)

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study  (40%)

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30%)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39


Curriculum Leader - Mr D Carr
Teacher - Mrs R Anderson
Teacher -  Mrs L Lamb
Teacher - Ms L Liddle-McGhee
Teacher - Mrs J Wanley