Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.



The History Department at Woodeaton aims to promote an enthusiasm for, and interest in, the past.  Students will be introduced to a variety of historical sources which includes written sources such as newspapers, diaries and memoirs, physical sources from different time periods and also stimulating sources such as video, audio tape and music.  This will enable them to learn to explore the subject and develop important skills like understanding the causes and consequences of events.  Students also learn the important skills of critically examining historical sources, and evaluating their worth. The relating of stories about important events and outstanding individuals also forms an important part of the teaching of history as that is what provides the fascination for many of us about our past.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, (Years 7 and 8) we focus on the study of British history since 1066, making links to European and world history where appropriate. To help students make connections between the different periods studied, we examine the same six key themes each year: conflict, power, the movement of peoples, empire, ordinary life and ideas and beliefs.

Pupils have two History lessons, (one hour) per week. Our emphasis is on motivating pupils so that they want to learn History by providing a learning environment where pupils are encouraged to take risks and be challenged with their learning, through curriculum experiences that are stimulating, rewarding, exciting, relevant and fun. The teaching of History follows the National Framework for Key Stage 3.

Pupils have the opportunity of engaging in group work and independent learning is always encouraged.

Pupils are continually assessed by their teaching using any combination of the following:

  • Information from observing, listening to and talking with pupils in lessons
  • Written work in their exercise books
  • Written tests (end of units and end of term)
  • End of Year tests


Key Stage 3 - Course Content

Year 7

  • Term 1: Key Historical skills and concepts
  • Term 2: The Roman Empire
  • Term 3: The Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest
  • Term 4: Medieval Realms – Rulers and Ruled
  • Term 5: Medieval Realms – The Church
  • Term 6: Medieval Realms – The people

Year 8

  • Term 1: Henry VIII and the ‘Break With Rome’
  • Term 2: Tudor monarchs
  • Term 3: The Stuarts and the English Civil War
  • Term 4: Slavery and the British Empire
  • Term 5: The Industrial Revolution
  • Term 6: The Victorian Age – politics and society

Year 9

  • Term 1: The causes of WW1
  • Term 2: The Western Front 1914-18
  • Term 3: The Russian Revolution 1917-24
  • Term 4: The rise of the dictators 1922-39 and causes of WW2
  • Term 5: The Holocaust
  • Term 6: Students begin GCSE syllabus


Key Stage 4, GCSE

Teachers: Mrs Holifield / Ms Jenkins
Course: AQA, GCSE History 9-1, 8145
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

Course Content

At GCSE students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. This is a two year course and involves four units of study: a period study, a thematic study, a wider world in depth study and a British in depth study, which includes a focus on a specific historic environment. At Woodeaton, students will study four from the following: 

  • Period Study: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship or America, 1920 to 1973: Opportunity and Inequality
  • Thematic study:  Britain: Health and the people, c1000–present
  • Wider world depth study: Conflict and tension between east and West, 1945 – 1972 or Conflict and Tension 1918 to 1939
  • British depth study including the historic environment: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603, to include an environment study on The Globe Theatre (2019) and The defeat of the Spanish Armada in the English Channel, July/August 1588 (2020)


In Key Stage 4, pupils have 5 History Lessons per week. (Two and a half hours) At this stage the emphasis is on challenging pupils so that they are able to extend their learning and knowledge, so that they become independent learners. Pupils will also have the opportunity of engaging in group work. 

The teaching of History at KS4 uses the AQA recommended text books as well as many additional teaching resources including digital resources.

Assessment of the GCSE is by way of two 1 hour 45 minute examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework component. During the course, pupils are continually assessed by their teachers using a combination of the following:

  • Information from observing, listening and talking with pupils during lessons
  • Written work from their exercise books
  • Written assessments
  • Past exam papers