KS4 History

History class at Christleton High School

"Study history, study history! In history lies all the secrets of statecraft" - Winston Churchill

Whether you intend to embark on a career in politics or not, at Christleton we would still urge you to follow the advice of Winston Churchill!

At CHS, History is a thriving and exciting subject where students are encouraged to aim high and fulfil their potential. Through the study of a wide range of historical periods, we develop students’ skills of historical enquiry, source analysis, development of argument and written communication.

The personal development of our students is at the forefront of their learning as we also encourage students to ‘build their learning power’ and develop their skills in Resourcefulness, Reciprocity, Resilience and Reflection.

At Key Stage 3, students will study a variety of topics such as, Slavery, Medieval England, The Holocaust and The Second World War. We also develop students’ awareness of local history with a study relating to the fallen soldiers of Christleton from World War One.

There is no such thing as a typical history lesson - activities can vary from writing a song, to demonstrating an understanding of ‘interpretation’, to building a Holocaust memorial and through the use of homework projects we actively encourage our students to develop skills of independent learning.

History class at Christleton High School

From 2016 onwards, GCSE, students will follow the Edexcel Syllabus which involves the study of Superpower Relations 1941-1991, Russia 1917-1941, Medicine through time from 1250 (including a study of surgery and treatment on the Western Front from 1914-1918) and Early Elizabethan England from 1558 - 1588.

We believe that History should be experienced both inside and outside the classroom and so are involved with a variety of extra-curricular activities. In recent years our students have been on visits to Ypres, Rome, Berlin and even China in the past!

In addition to this, students at Christleton will also have the option to study Classical Civilisation at GCSE as an extra-curricular subject. Classical Civilisation involves the study of two Roman history units and two Greek history units. The areas of study are Emperor Nero, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Homers ‘Odyssey’ and Euripides ‘Medea’. Classical Civilisation has proven to be hugely popular with our students and can provide some new and diverse challenges to our Key stage 4 students.

Sixth Form

Please view our Sixth Form Courses page for more information about this subject in Sixth Form.


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Russia and the USSR, 1917-1941

Why was Russia ripe for Revolution in 1917?

Provisional Government and Events of 1917

Bolshevik Consolidation of Power 1917-18

The Russian Civil War

War, Communism and NEP

The Power Struggle 1924-29

Purges - Great Terror

Propaganda Censorship



Life in the Soviet Union - Women and Minorities

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Origins of the Cold War

Truman Doctrine / Marshall Plan

Berlin Crisis 1948-49

Arms Race

Hungarian Uprising

Berlin Wall

Cuban Missile Crisis

Prague Spring and Czechoslovakia



Reagan - Gorbachev

Fall of Berlin Wall

Fall of the Soviet Union

Medicine in Britain, c1250-present

Black Death

Unit 1 - Beliefs about Disease

Unit 1 - Treatments 1

Unit 1 - Treatments 2

Unit 2 - Great Plague 1665

Unit 2 - Medicine

Unit 3 - Florence Nightingale

Unit 3 - Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch

Unit 3 - Antiseptics and Anaesthetics

Unit 3 - Cholera

Unit 3 - Edward Jenner and Vaccinations

Unit 3 - Public Health Act

Unit 4 - DNA and Genetics

Unit 4 - Lung Cancer

Unit 4 - Magic Bullets

Unit 4 - Penicillin

Unit 4 - The NHS

Unit 5 - Medicine in the Early 20th Century

Unit 5 - Key Battles

Unit 5 - Trench Systems

Unit 5 - Types of Injuries

Unit 5 - RAMC FANY and the Chain of Evacuation

Unit 5 - Medical Advances

Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 1588

Unit 1 - Elizabeth’s Government

Unit 1 - Elizabethan Society

Unit 1 - Elizabeth’s Problems

Unit 1 - Elizabeth’s Character and Strengths

Unit 1 - Elizabeth’s Financial Weaknesses

Unit 1 - Elizabeth’s Challenges Abroad

Unit 1 - Religious Divisions and Settlement

Unit 1 - Role of the Church of England

Unit 1 - Challenge to Religious Settlement

Unit 2 - The Catholic Challenge Abroad

Unit 2 - Mary Queen of Scots

Unit 2 - The Revolt of the Northern Earls

Unit 2 - The Ridolfi Plot

Unit 2 - Throckmorton - Babington

Unit 2 - Walsingham

Unit 2 - Execution of Mary Queen of Scots

Unit 2 - Spain as a Political, Religious and Commercial Rival

Unit 2 - The Netherlands - Cadiz

Unit 2 - Armada Causes

Unit 2 - Armada 2 Events and Reasons for English Success

Unit 2 - Consequences of the Armada

Unit 3 - Elizabethan Education

Unit 3 - Sports, Pastimes and the Theatre

Unit 3 - The Problem of the Poor

Unit 3 - Changing Attitudes Towards the Poor

Unit 3 - Factors Prompting Exploration

Unit 3 - Drake’s Circumnavigation of the Globe

Unit 3 - Attempted Colonisation of Virginia

Unit 3 - Failure of Virginia


4 mark inference question

WHY do the two interpretations differ?

16 mark question

USEFULNESS 8 mark question

Revision Kahoots and Quizzes