Year 7, 8 and 9


Our history curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9 is delivered through our REAL lessons which are an innovative and exciting project based learning approach to humanities.  Please see more about our REAL curriculum by looking at the discreet REAL curriculum page. In REAL we build students capacity to think, speak and write like a historian by ensuring we provide opportunity for our students to become immersed in historical events and evidence and then to scrutinise them carefully through analysis and evaluation.

Year 10 and 11


Students studying GCSE History at Kingsmeadow follow the  Wjec EDUQAS 9-1 Wjec EDUQAS 9-1 course.  The course is made up of the following components:

  • Component 1 - Studies in depth: Elizabethan England 1558-1603

                                                                 : Germany in transition 1919-1939


  • Component 2 - Studies in breadth: USA 1929-2000

                                        :Medicine and Health over time c500-present day


GCSE history is 100% external examination which is examined in the summer of year 11.  The skills assessed build on the work covered through REAL in years 7-9 and include:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

  • Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts. (causation, significance, change and continuity)

  • Analyse, evaluate and use sources of evidence (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

  • Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events

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