Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential


Ms J Keighley – Head of History

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”

– Michael Crichton

Compelling Learning in History

In History we aim to stimulate and actively engage pupils through delivery of academically challenging enquiries aimed at firing their curiosity and imagination about the past. We support pupils to investigate a range of significant historical events, individuals and issues, in order to develop an understanding of their impact on today’s societies. Through these, we seek to encourage pupils to be independent and reflective learners, capable of forming balanced arguments and reasoned judgements.

Overall, we want to inspire pupils to become creative and critical thinkers who are eager to explore, question and communicate their views, ideas and learning.


Year 7
Making sense of history 1066-1509

Enquiry 1: Was the Norman Conquest really so significant? An investigation of the impact of the conquest on the development of Church, state and society to coincide with the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Enquiry 2: Why were so many people buried at Charterhouse Square? Exploration of the Black Death and its social and political effects

Enquiry 3: Could Medieval Kings always do as they wanted? The origins of democracy and parliament.

Year 8
Making sense of history 1745-1901

The following enquiries will allow pupils to explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution on people’s lives in terms of social, economic and political consequences. Secondly they will investigate how the French Revolution led to people dying for their rights in Britain; inspired popular protest movements including Chartism.

Enquiry 1: How did the early industrialists embody the spirit of the ages?

Enquiry 2: Did the Industrial Revolution have a positive impact on people’s lives?

Enquiry 3: How did the French Revolution lead to people dying for their rights in Britain?

Year 9
The American West; 1835-1895
A study of migration and settlement of the American West and the impact for the way of life and beliefs of the Plains Indians.
Year 10
Edexcel GCSE History for 2016
Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

An examination of three key topics: ‘Queen, government and religion, 1558-69’,’ ‘Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad’ and ‘Elizabethan society in the age of exploration’.

Year 11
Specification B ‘Schools History Project’ from Edexcel.

Enquiry: Crime and Punishment in Britain c50AD to the present day. A study of change and continuity in attitudes towards crime and punishment and approaches towards law enforcement.


We feel passionately, that good history requires pupil to experience history ‘around us’ and to have the opportunity to participate in activities both within and outside of the classroom that makes history more relevant. Further, we aim to enrich the cultural and social experiences of pupils within a historical context and to provide additional support for success in external examinations.

We are planning a range of activities to coincide with the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, ‘The Normans are Coming’. Pupils in year 7 will have the opportunity to visit Skipton Castle to help bring this important subject and date to life.

To support their investigation of Child Labour during the Industrial Revolution, some Year 8 pupils will re-live the experiences of pauper apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire.
Study support sessions are available with the team for Year 11 GCSE pupils.

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