History


The History department at Macmillan Academy is staffed by eight skilled and enthusiastic teachers/support staff with a variety of historical specialisms. They share a love of their subject and a passion to educate and upskill the students in their classes. In addition to their classroom-based teaching, our students participate in off-site activities and other special events designed to enhance their learning experience.


Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs K Dixon Head of History
Mrs C Hodgson Teacher of History / Senior Leader
Mrs S Creasey Teacher of History / Coordinator of Global Perspectives
Mrs R Coning Teacher of History / Head of School
Miss L Vipond Teacher of History
Mr P Latham Teacher of History / Principal
Mr A Jordan Teacher of History / Deputy Principal
Mrs E Jackson Classroom Assistant
Mrs D Kelly Classroom Assistant

Syllabus - Key Stage 3


In year 7, 8 and 9 the students follow the National Curriculum for History. They learn about significant individuals and events from the history of Britain from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They also learn about key aspects of European and world history. They show their understanding by making connections between events and changes in different periods and areas studied, and by comparing structures of societies and economic, cultural and political developments. They evaluate and use sources of information, using their historical knowledge to analyse the past and explain how it can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

In History, students acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in five main areas:

  • chronological understanding
  • knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • historical interpretation
  • historical enquiry
  • organisation and communication
  • These aspects of knowledge, understanding and skills are developed in the programme of study for history through three British studies, a European study and two world studies


Syllabus - GCSE Key Stage 4


Building upon the knowledge and skills they developed in key stage 3, our GCSE students study the following units:

Germany 1890-1945, a period study, in which students will consider the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. They will consider the role of key individuals and groups throughout this period and will evaluate the impact of change on the social, political and economic landscape of Germany.

Conflict and tension: the inter war years 1918-1939, a depth study, specifically focused on the period between the two world wars. Students will explore the complex relationships between different key individuals and states leading them to consider factors that contributed to causing the outbreak of the second world war. Britain: Health and the people c1000 to the present day. This thematic unit leads students in an exploration of developments in medicine, surgery and public health in Britain. Students will consider how various factors encouraged and inhibited advancements over this time and will also assess the impact of contemporary ideas and influences both internal and external to Britain.

Elizabethan England c1568 – 1603. This final unit of study considers the reign of Elizabeth the first, her successes and the challenges to her rule. Students will consider methods used by Elizabeth to establish her authority and the challenges she faced from both within England and abroad. The experiences of ordinary citizens during this period will also be explored as students consider the golden age of Elizabethan England and whether this was a positive experience for all citizens. In addition, this unit also includes the study of a historical environment. The location of this study will have links to Elizabethan England and will enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a study of a specified location. Locations will change annually, and this is decided by the exam board but in the past have included Hardwick Hall, Globe theatre, Spanish Armada and Kenilworth Castle.

This range of topics enables students to not only learn about history and enhance their skills of historical enquiry, but also to observe how change occurs. Students will gain an insight into how history shapes current events and this in turn enables them to gain a greater understanding of the world in which they live.


Post 16 History


Whilst studying A level history at Macmillan Academy, students will look in detail at two specific topics.

The first is a breadth study of 'The Tudors: England 1485-1603.' Within this unit, students will consider the effectiveness of Tudor rule and the relationship England had with foreign powers during this time. Students will also consider how England changed during this period and how these changes impacted Tudor society including the significance of key individuals.

The second unit of study is 'Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945.'

This unit is a depth study of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. This unit successfully builds upon prior knowledge and skills that students may have from GCSE, although previous study is not essential. Students will explore the creation and collapse of arguably the most democratic government of its time and also consider the conditions that developed allowing for the establishment and sustainment of Hitler’s dictatorship.

Each unit of study is assessed by examination at the end of the course and accounts for 40% (per unit) of a student’s overall grade with the final 20% achieved through the completion of an historical investigation (Non-examined assessment/coursework).

Students will be required to identify an issue or topic they wish to explore, covering a 100-year time period and then carry out an independent investigation.




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