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The History Department at Bristol Metropolitan Academy aims to teach pupils a range of political, economic, social, religious and cultural features from selected periods of British, European and American history. We aim to foster an interest and enthusiasm when studying the past and to highlight the values and uses of history beyond the classroom. We want pupils to enjoy and excel in history through an enquiry based approach in a safe and stimulating environment. A wide variety of teaching strategies, activities and resources are used across all Key Stages to make the teaching of history both stimulating and challenging.


In Year 7 pupils experience one 50 minute lesson per week and study a range of historical events/people from the Middle Ages, c1066 – 1500 and the Early Modern period, c1500 – 1750.

· The Norman Invasion: How did William gain and keep control of England?

· How significant was the Tudor Dynasty?

Students are assessed using a range of MCQs and formal written assessments.

In Year 8 pupils experience two 50 minute lessons per week and continue to develop their skills as young historians by studying history across the globe.

· Empire and slavery

· The Holocaust

· The fight for justice: suffrage, civil rights and apartheid

Students are assessed using a range of MCQs and formal written assessments.


NEW SPECIFICATION: Our current Year 9 cohort will follow the new Edexcel GCSE specification and sit ALL exams at the end of Year 11 (Summer 2018).

Paper 1: Thematic Study and the Historic Environment (1 hour 15 written exam)

Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 – present with a specific historic environment study focussing on crime and policing in Whitechapel

Paper 2: Period Study and the British Depth Study (1 hour 45 written exam)

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 91, and

The Tudor Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 88

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study (1 hour 20 written exam)

USA, conflict at home and abroad, 1945–75

Extra-curricular activities:

The history department has a reputation for bringing history to life and regularly undertakes field visits both in the UK and abroad. Previous field visits have included trips to Washington and New

York, Chepstow Castle, the Tower of London and Berlin. We also have good links with Bristol University and take advantage of workshops offered for those studying GCSE history who would like to consider continuing their humanities studies at university in the future.

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