St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding


History is a fascinating subject in which our students study wars between nations, great scientific discoveries, politics, and the wonders of art, magnificent buildings and peoples’ daily lives. It gives students an unparalleled insight into how humans lived. History helps students to understand themselves, understand what has happened in the past and therefore it informs them of the decisions we can make in the future. You can find out more about History and why it is such a valuable subject on the Historical Association website:

Year 7

  • Introduction: What is History? Movement, Settlement and Empire - from the Romans to the Normans
  • Conflict: Why did people risk their lives? The Norman Conquest and the Crusades
  • Power: Could a king do whatever he liked? Why do people disagree about King John?
  • Ordinary Life: What was it really like in the Middle Ages?
  • Ordinary Life: How significant was the Renaissance?

Year 8

  • Power: Monarchy - When and why did kings lose control? A English Civil War depth study.
  • Revolution: What did the Industrial Revolution do for Britain? How did the Industrial Revolution affect peoples’ lives?
  • Empire: Why were the Europeans mad about empires? The British Empire and the Slave Trade.
  • Power: Democracy - How did ordinary people win the right to vote? The Suffrage movement.
  • Conflict: How have conflicts affected soldiers and civilians? Causes and events of the First and Second World Wars, The Blitz, the Atomic Bomb and the Holocaust.

Year 9

  • From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1900 to 1953.
  • America: Mixed Salad or Melting Pot? America 1900 to present.
  • An overview of the Civil Rights movement in America for African Americans 1865-1990
  • The Cold War: including Vietnam, the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  What motivated US Presidents to increase involvement in Vietnam 1945-65? Why was there an anti-war movement in America during the 1960's and 1970's?
  • Year 9 are following the OCR's Schools History Project B (9-1) (J411) which can be found here:
  • Component 1: British History - assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification. 
  • Thematic Study: The People's Health, c.1250 to present

Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11 are following the OCR’s Schools History Project B (9-1) (J411) which can be found here: Students sit 3 exams at the end of Year 11.

  • Component 1: British History– assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification.

- British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest, 1065 – 1087

- British Thematic Study: The People's Health, 1250 to present

  • Component 2: History Around Us – assessed through a written examination of 1 hour and worth 20% of the qualification. SPaG is assessed specifically on this examination and is worth 10 additional marks.

- Site visit: The Tower of London

  • Component 3: World History - assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification.

- Period Study: The Making of America, 1789-1900

- World Depth Study: Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945

Equipment required

All students are expected to bring a pencil, pen, ruler and their History folder to every lesson. Students should ensure all their equipment is clearly labelled with their name and tutor group.

Recent Trips and Visits

Recent trips and visits have included:

  • Year 7: Stansted Mountfitchet Castle
  • Year 8: France and Belgium – a 5 day residential visit linked to World War 1 and World War 2
  • Year 9 and 10: Berlin, Wannsee and Sachsenhausen – a 5 day residential visit linked to Germany, c.1919 – 1945
  • Year 10 and 11: The Tower of London linked to Component 2: History Around Us

 Useful Links for History

Enrichment Ideas

Get involved in extra-curricular opportunities in school or take part in a competition:

  • Go to Humanities Club on Tuesdays in the lunch break
  • Take part in history competitions such as those run through the Historical Association
  • Ask to lead an assembly.

 Visit local museums and attractions:

Visit national museums and attractions:

 Use the media:

  • Watch the news each day
  • Read the Horrible History books
  • Look out for interesting documentaries on terrestrial television
  • Look out for other relevant programmes on digital television channels, e.g. History Channel, Discovery Channel
  • Support a charity – students could research and decide upon which one. For example,

Read historical fiction:


Miss A Lloyd, Head of Humanities:

Mrs L-M Pugh, Teacher of History:

Mrs E Matthews, Teacher of History,

Mrs J Smith, Teacher of History,