Department Staff

  • Mrs K Stewart (Assistant Principal/Head of Department)
  • Miss N Harris
  • Mrs H Phillips (DELTA Lead Teacher)


Do you know why we are called De Warenne Academy? Did you know that Conisbrough castle was built by William De Warenne on land given to him by William the Conqueror after the Norman conquest?

History is a subject that forms the bedrock of our understanding of the culture in which we live as well as the wider world around us. The content covered gives students the opportunity to explore issues at a local, national and international level from the ancient era through to the twentieth century. This range of history offers the opportunity to explore different perspectives on issues and events and think critically about the world in which they live. Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to give students a broad understanding of the chronological development of British, including local history, as well as being able to make links to other societies, cultures and world events.

Understanding key concepts within history, such as significance and causation and consequence, unlock the door for students to be able to ask leading questions, analyse information and convey their views in a methodical and structured way. These skills are honed and developed progressively through the curriculum to create historians confident in communicating their views, both in writing and orally. Each topic is framed around a challenging historical question which is linked to a key historical concept. Lessons mirror this, with key questions forming the basis for each lesson enquiry. This will ensure students access and apply high level vocabulary with increasing rigour over their time in history classrooms.

The history curriculum offered immerses students in a range of cultures and engenders an enquiring and critical outlook on the world, with skills that can be applied in other subjects and in their future endeavours.

History 5 Year Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • The ancient world
  • Conquest
  • Beliefs
  • Power
  • Monarchy
  • Natives

Year 8

  • Civil war
  • Empire
  • Slavery
  • Revolution
  • Industrialisation
  • Suffrage movement

Year 9

  • Warfare part 1
  • Economy and society
  • Fascism
  • Control
  • Warfare part 2
  • Civil rights

Key Stage 4

GCSE Final Assessment

Paper One: Medicine Through Time 1250AD - Present day and The Western Front, 1914-18, examination 30% (1 hr 15 minutes)

Paper Two: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 and The American West 1840-95, examination 40% (1 hr 45 minutes)

Paper Three: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939, examination 30% (1 hr 20 minutes)

De Warenne Academy students are very lucky to be located next to a historic venue such as Conisbrough Castle and Year 7 visit every year when they are studying the topic

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