Skip to content ↓

Willows High School


Name:   Neil Henwood
Twitter: @Willows_History

Key Stage 3: Years7-9

In Yr 7, pupils follow the Journey 7 curriculum which includes History. Pupils explore how William the Conqueror’s victory in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 affected Wales and Britain between 1000 and 1500. 

In Yr 8, pupils study a wide range of Historical periods in Welsh, British and World History betwee 1500-1900. 

Pupils study:

  • How Henry VIII and the Tudors changed Wales and Britain.
  • The Salem Witch Trials of the 17th Century. 
  • How and why the American West was settled including the many dangers people faced.
  • How the Atlantic Slave Trade affected people. 
  • How the British Empire affected Britain and its empire. 
  • What the Industrial revolution was and how it affected Splott. 

In Yr 9, pupils explore the changes in Wales, Britain and the wider world between 1760 and 1914. 

Pupils study:

  • The causes and effects of Prohibition in The USA including the rise of Organised crime and Al Capone. 
  • The causes of WW1
  • The events and results of WW1.
  • How the results of WW1 helped to cause WW2 including the rise of Hitler. 
  • The events and results of WW2 including an in depth study of The Holocaust. 
  • An individual research project on a significant 20th century Historical figure. 

Key Stage 4: GCSE/BTEC/VCERT/Other

Awarding Body


ROUTE A: In-Depth and Outline Studies of Aspects of Welsh/ English and World History

In Yr 10, pupils study:

UNIT 2: In-depth study - Changes in South Africa, 1948-1994

  • The establishment of Apartheid
  • Opposition to Apartheid
  • The end of Apartheid

UNIT 3: Outline study -  The development of Germany, 1919-1991

  • The effects of WW1
  • The rise of Hitler
  • WW2 and its effects
  • The division and reunification of Germany

In June of yr 10, pupils take exams in Units 2 & 3.

In Yr 11, pupils study:

UNIT 4: Controlled Assessment - an investigation into the impact of WW2 on Britain.

  • Dunkirk – triumph or disaster?
  • Evacuation – a place of safety?

Pupils complete two assessments by December.

UNIT 1: In-depth study - The USA: a nation of contrasts, 1910-1929

  • The effect of WW1
  • The 1920s economic boom
  • Social change – the rights of blacks, women’s rights
  • The wall Street Crash

In June of yr 11, pupils take an exam in Unit 1.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Weekly controlled assessment (coursework) workshops for yr 11

Weekly revision workshops for yr 10 and yr 11

Useful Web Links