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Faculty Progress Leader

Mrs S Harris



Year 7

Unit 1
The Roman Empire

Unit 2
Medieval Realms

Unit 3
Britain and Empire

Year 8

Unit 1
Slavery to Freedom

Unit 2
The First World War

Unit 3
The Second World War



The aim of Withernsea High School’s History department is to “shape futures by teaching the past”.

Students will explore many aspects of the past, sometimes chronologically and sometimes thematically.


Useful for careers in…

Law, Journalism, Television, Education,
Business, Finance, Social work, Politics,
Museum work, Banking, Publishing, plus many more.

Working with source material and developing effective debating skills to thoroughly analyse historical problems, students will draw understanding and skills which will shape their futures.


What will I learn?

Crime and punishment from the Norman Conquest to the present day

We will focus on the reasons for crime, the crimes and criminals themselves as well as how society
treated them in different periods. We will analyse change, continuity and what crimes and punishments can tell us about historical societies. There will be a Whitechapel (Jack the Ripper) case study.


The American West from 1835 to 1862

Not just your regular cowboys and Indians, but how did the tensions start, just how bloody was the fighting and how did the American Government use other ways to supress the Native Americans?


Elizabeth I

How she rose above the problems of her legitimacy to the throne, her gender and attempts to invade Britain as well as internal plots to have her killed to emerge as one of our best-known monarchs. Not just about Kings and Queens; we will also look at the realities of life for ordinary people in the sixteenth
century; their jobs, their problems, what they did for fun and, crucially, what they thought of themselves.


Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 to 1939

We will be looking at the problems that engulfed Germany in the terrible aftermath of the First World War; how Germany recovered from political gangs fighting with guns on its streets to become a centre of culture by the late 1920s, only to be plunged into chaos once more by the Great Depression. Only one man had the vision and the ruthlessness to save Germany; but it would come at a terrible price.