“ … not to study history would be like living in a house with no windows”

Elizabeth Longford.

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We need a window on the past – to promote understanding between cultures and traditions, while encouraging independence of thought. History also develops communication and analytical skills.


Meet the Department

Shirley Highet has many years’ experience as a teacher of History and English.  A graduate of Glasgow University (MA) she taught in Fairfield High School for Girls in Manchester and Linlithgow Academy in Scotland before moving to East Anglia where she has taught at Flegg since 1996.


Others in the department will depend on who is timetabled in September to teach History.



At Flegg the History curriculum takes us from 1066 for Year 7s to the end of the Cold War in 1991 for Year 11s.


Obviously, though, we can’t cover everything that happened in 925 years!


Instead, we have selected some of the most interesting and important parts of our rich heritage in Britain, and events that have influenced World History, working, of course, within the constraints of Government recommendations.


Year 7 begins with the Norman Conquest, progressing chronologically through events such as Magna Carta, the English Civil War, and ending with the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.


The first half of Year 8 is when we focus on the British Empire and the Slave Trade.  The second half of the year is spent on the Suffragettes, World War 1

and World War II.


In Year 9 our first topic of study is to examine in more detail, the rise of the Nazi party.

We then study the Holocaust, as it is inappropriate to do this important subject, any earlier  than Year 9.

Throughout Year 9, we train the pupils in improving their essay writing skills, as preparation for the GCSE course  in Years 10 and 11


Year 10 – Modules 1 and 2


Module 1 – U.S.A. from 1919 (post-WW1 flappers, gangsters and jazz) through to the bombing of Pearl Harbor in1941.


Module 2 – is a source based unit on Britain between 1936 and 1956, focusing

on specific areas within this time span:

The Jarrow Crusade - 1936 ; The Blitz; The Battle of Britain; the Attlee government of 1945-50 – including the creation of the NHS and the Welfare State.


Year 11


Module 3 – Coursework - U.S.A. 1945 -70   During the period between the end of World War II and the middle of Nixon’s first term as President in 1970, we cover a wide range of topics including the long struggle for Civil Rights, McCarthyism, and Kennedy.

This is completed over a period of about six weeks. It is a key element of the GCSE exam. The final assessment is in three parts, written in class, under the supervision of the class teacher.


Module 4 –  (final module) The Cold War – traces the tension between East and West during the period between the end of World War II and the resignation of the last Communist Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991.


The three examination papers – for Modules 1, 2, and 4 are 1hr 15 min papers that are all taken at the end of year 11. Each module is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.



How do Pupils Learn?


They learn through a combination of research and analysis, applying their skills in IT and literacy via a variety of sources to identify the key points and conclusions associated with the events being studied.  We explore text, video and on-line sources to that end; always encouraging additional personal research.


There are five assessments in each year, each testing different skills associated with a sound understanding of the history.




Support for pupils who may need extra help is readily available, with after-school revision classes offered throughout the whole year.


Data is closely monitored and any worrying trends flagged quickly to parents.




During the first term of Year 8 we usually take the pupils to Norwich Castle Museum, to participate in a workshop on the Slave Trade. In previous years this has proved very successful, and we hope to visit again this autumn.


Subject to the extent of interest and the availability of cover, another possibility includes the Black Knights Mediaeval Day for Year 9 (that was a success last year)


Finally …


Flegg’s History course is challenging, but at the same time enjoyable and relevant. It equips pupils with an invaluable range of skills, from analysis to logical argument.


Significantly, a good pass in GCSE History is something that is highly rated by universities and employers alike.

To download the History curriculum map click HERE