The History department at Beaumont Leys School is staffed by a team of experienced and innovative teachers who aim to deliver engaging and inspiring lessons to help students learn about the impact that events in the past have had on the world. We are passionate about our subject and believe it is crucial for students to learn about the past in order to make sense of the world. As well as learning about events in the past, the study of History aims to:

  • Help students to discover how the world evolved.
  • Develop the ability to look beyond the headlines; to ask questions and to express their own opinions in an informed manner.
  • Trains young minds and teaches students how to think critically and how to process information.
  • Develop a well-rounded knowledge base of both the past and the present.
  • Help students understand the origins of modern political and social problems.
  • Help students learn about why people in the past behaved the way they did.
  • Make students appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.
  • Develop the analytical and communication skills that employers look for.

We have designed a truly exciting curriculum that will really engage students and rouse their intellectual curiosity!

Year 7

Students study two modules of History, alongside RE and Geography as part of their two Humanities lessons per week.

Half term 1 Leicester Past

A whistle stop tour through Leicester from Roman times to the present day. Students learn about the origins of Leicester, the important people and events connected to Leicester and how the physical and social landscape of Leicester has evolved over time.

Half term 4 Romans

Students enjoy learning about the Roman army, public health in Roman towns and the legacy of the Romans.

Year 8

In Year 8, students have two dedicated History lessons per week. Students take a chronological journey through time, from the settlement of different groups across Britain from the 6th century onwards, to Britain’s industrial success in the 19th century.

Half term 1 Ancient Britons

Middle Ages

Half term 2 Tudors
Half term 3 Stuarts
Half term 4 Exploration
Half term 5 Slavery
Half term 6 Industrial Revolution

Year 9

Students study History in rotation with Geography so they have two History lessons per week, every other half term.

Half term 1 World War One

Students learn to empathise with the experience of soldiers fighting in the trenches and the important battles which eventually led to the Allied success during world war one.

Half term 3 World War Two

Starting with the a study of the Treaty of Versailles, students begin to appreciate the complex political situation that culminated in a second world war in the 20th century.

Half term 6 The Cold War

Students begin to develop a sound understanding of modern world conflict in this engaging module designed to allow students to learn about the conflict that divided the superpowers of the East and the West.

GCSE History

From September 2016, we will be following the AQA GCSE History specification. Students will study the modules outlined below.

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
A: Period Study 1A: America, 1840-1895: Expansion and consolidation
B: Wider World Depth Study: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
A: Thematic Study 2A: Health and the people: c.1000 to the present day
B: British depth study including the historic environment: Norman England, c.1066-c.1100