Wakefield City Academy

Wakefield City Academy

A culture of excellence
“An Outstanding School” Ofsted 2004/05, 2007/08 & 2012/13




The History department at Wakefield City Academy comprises:

Paul Dadvar – Head of Department

Helen Graham – Teacher of history

Sarah Bramham – Teacher of history and geography

Catherine Stone – Teacher of humanities

 “Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past." Sigmund Freud

There are many different reasons to study history, as it is a fantastic combination of all the other school subjects. History at Wakefield City Academy is a dynamic subject that focuses on teaching skills comprising of: analysis, empathy, extended writing, literacy, debate and discussion, developing a well-reasoned argument, independent learning, research, and many more!!

History helps you to understand how our world evolved and helps us to make sense of the world today. We use a variety of teaching and learning skills to train your mind how to think and process information. It helps you to look beyond the obvious and to ask questions, and have a well-argued opinion.

Using sources is one of the key skills taught. History begins with sources. Anything can be an historical source - letters, legal records, financial accounts, literary narratives, paintings, photographs, buildings, discarded rubbish, postcards, tombstones, stained-glass windows, graffiti, pamphlets… anything, in fact, which offers us the opportunity to look in to the past.       

History Curriculum 2016-2017

 Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

The year 7 curriculum focuses on fluid, changeable topics that allow for student creativity and self-learning but through a rigorous programme of core historical skills being developed, secured and extended throughout the year.

Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum examines the changing role and influence of the monarchy through the study of nearly 1000 years of British history from the Battle of Hastings to end of the Victorian age.

Year 9

The year 9 curriculum examines the Twentieth Century through the investigation, understanding and evaluation of the events, changes and development that have occurred in technology, warfare, politics and popular culture.


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Term 2

Term 3


Year 7

Skills unit and my own personal history

The American West or Ancient Egypt

Independent Research Topic and ‘History


4 week project – designing and building a catapult/trebuchet

Year 8

Pre 1066 to the murder of Becket




The Magna Carta to the end of the English Civil War

The Restoration through to the end of the Victorian age

Source evaluation work focusing on the interpretation, significance and evaluation of evidence

Year 9

The world in 1900 to the end of World War One and the signing and impact of the Treaty of Versailles



Germany and Europe from 1919 – 1929, the rise of Adolf Hitler and The Holocaust

World War Two and the Cold War to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the USSR

If time allows, a source evaluation skills unit/mini controlled assessment to prepare for the OCR Ancient History GCSE starting in year 10

Key Stage 4

At Wakefield City Academy we offer an Ancient History GCSE which is the study of historical figures and societies before the decline of the Roman Empire. It is part of the ‘school of Classics’ and is both academically rigorous and highly valued by colleges and employers.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10

The year 10 curriculum focuses on the study of two iconic historical figures – Hannibal and Cleopatra.  Through the analysis of original material written by historians and biographers 2000 years ago, we are able to build a picture of these individuals and understand how their motivations and actions affected the world around them for generations after their death.

Year 11

The year 11 curriculum focuses on the completion of a 2000 word Controlled Assessment (essay done in exam conditions) that answers a specific question to do with the British Celts in the period 500BC – 500 AD.  The final unit of study examines the life, career and impact of Alexander the Great.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

Hannibal and his invasion and defeat

The course examines the rise of Rome as the dominant European and African empire



Cleopatra and her impact on Roman politics

The course examines the life and influence of Cleopatra, the last Egyptian pharaoh

Ancient Societies through the study of original sources

Students write a 2000 word essay and have to examine and evaluate original primary sources to support their findings

Year 11

Continuation of the Controlled Assessment form year 10 which is worth 25% of the total GCSE



Alexander the Great – The Greeks at war


The course examines the life and influence of Alexander the Great and the spread of Hellenistic culture

 Revision for the three summer exams which normally take place in June.  Each exam is 1 hr. and 15 minutes and is worth 25% of the total GCSE