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History at KS3

This is a three-year Key Stage and students have two fifty-minute lessons per week with either Ms Sainsbury or Mr Kinnair. The history curriculum at Litherland High is structured to give an ambitious, broad and exciting curriculum that creates a love of history and a joy in learning. We aim to build upon key stage two by providing a knowledge rich and skills-based curriculum.

The curriculum spans from Roman Britain to modern day terrorism and protest movements. It will focus on British history and the wider world and will be based on enquiry-based topics such as:

  • How did migration shape Britain?
  • Were the Tudors the most significant Royal family?
  • What can crime tell us about life in industrial cities?
  • What was the impact of the British Empire?

Throughout Key Stage three and four we will build on topics and themes such as the power of the church and state, empire, protest, race, identity and inequality.

We aim to engage our students with exciting challenges such as ‘I’m a World War One soldier. Get me out of here!’  Victorian surgery demonstrations and mock trials of Guy faulkes and Charles I.

Our curriculum is unique with a significant local focus on the history of Liverpool and Litherland itself. Including local depth studies on Liverpool’s role in the slave trade, the fate of Liverpool castle, why Liverpool supported the South during the American Civil war and what was the Tithebarn street outrage and why did it become international news?

History at KS4

All students start the GCSE course in year 10, with three fifty-minute lessons per week. Paper one focuses on the modern world and conflict and tension within a fifty-year time period. Students will study two conflicts; America 1840-1895 and conflict and tension in Europe 1918-1939.

Paper two examines British history and the developments that have shaped the UK and is split into a thematic study of Britain: Health and the people and a depth study of Elizabethan England incorporating the study of a specific local site. This paper examines the complexity of British society at critical times in its development and how the historic environment was shaped by that society.

Our exam board is AQA and it is 100% examination based.