History curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The departments vision,

  • At Brownhills Ormiston Academy we believe that History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world.
  • We aim to bring history to life and to instil a desire to find out about our predecessors.  We view History as a great deal more than learning facts. We see it as an opportunity to develop skills of enquiry and questioning; to become open minded “historical detectives” and explore the past in an engaging way.
  • Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed. They learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today. The students will think, write, and speak like a mathematician.
  • We will take every opportunity to develop student’s cultural capital by exploring the past through a variety of external visits, inviting speakers into the academy and in every lesson linking the present day to the past.

Sequencing of lessons

In year 7, students will begin studying life in England with our curriculum that bridges the KS2 to KS3 jump. We then move on to our study of power and control in England in Medieval times. Throughout the year we then cover The Tudors and Stuarts time period including Henry VIII’s break with Rome and The English Civil War.

Year 8 topics of study focus on the Industrial Revolution, Empire, slavery and the history multicultural England.

We also complete a local study within History unit at KS3, where students focus on cultural capital; This also allows students to focus on British Values to consider potential solutions to conflict, promoting learners who are thoughtful, caring, and respectful of other communities.

When students enter KS4 they commence their GCSE course of study. Students study four different topics. The Units history units include Crime and Punishment over time, Early Elizabethan England, Super power relations and the Cold war and Weimar Nazi Germany.


Students in History receive regular formative assessments, lessons begin with do now re-cap activities including questions and recall tasks. This allows learners the opportunity to address misconceptions and embed their learning. Peer and self-assessments are built into the learning journey and schemes of learning to make learners clear on where they are working at.

At the end of each unit or topic covered, students will sit a formal summative assessment, focusing on their ability to recall and apply knowledge to historical skill questions. After each assessment, students complete a ‘response to marking’ section; ensuring students can evaluate their own strengths and areas for improvement. At this point, mastery tasks are provided to ensure students can work towards their targets and develop their understanding.

5 Year Road Map

History 5 Year Plan