History at St Edward’s Church of England Academy. 

How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next.  St. Edward’s pupils study many different aspects of the past, finding out about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied. History rooms are all equipped with an interactive whiteboard and there is a strong emphasis on the use of drama, ICT and independent learning. Pupils are encouraged to learn the tools of the Historian, to consider significant events, to evaluate change and continuity and to consider different interpretations of the past.

History Faculty Team:

Mrs R Rose   

Mrs R Smith-Ruscoe      

Miss H Jones

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key Stage 2:

What was dark about the Dark Age? (Anglo Saxons and Scots)

Were the Vikings and Saxons Cruel? Vikings and Anglo Saxon – the struggle of the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

What was life like during Tudor times?

How did the lives of children change? 1750-1900

What was Leek like in 1850? How did it change during the Industrial Revolution? Tudor Exploration: A comparative study between Britain and non-European Civilizations: Native Americans

Key Stage 3:

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

The Norman Conquest changed everything: Do you agree?

What did Medieval people believe in?

How accepted were other religions in Medieval England?

Why did people go on long journeys?

Was John the worst king ever?

Was the Black Death a blessing in disguise?

The Tudor Reformation: Was Mary really bloody?

What problems did Elizabeth I face?

The Civil War: Did Charles I deserve to die? How is Oliver Cromwell remembered?

What were people scared of in the 17th Century? Revolution, plague and witchcraft

New Horizons: Exploration and the New World

The Transatlantic Slave Trade and investigation: How beneficial was the British Empire? 

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities

In Year 8 pupils visit the Imperial War Museum North to learn about the impact of War since 1914.

Useful Websites for History:

Key stage 3:





Key stage two:

For all topics:





 For Tudors: