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 Using historical events to understand our world today


At Holgate Meadows and Heritage Park we understand the transformational affect knowledge of historical events can have on the students.

We aim to provide the students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of historical events and how they shaped the world in order for them to understand the changing world that they live in. It is essential that the pupils themselves understand the workings of the world that they live in and are inspired by historical examples of fighting injustice. Students will be given opportunities to experience a wide range of sources and understand how some pieces of evidence are more reliable than others. Pupils will also be given the chance to grapple with real, historically rigorous concepts and debates, in order to stretch their thinking and prepare them for future study. Historians are judged by their literacy skills and so, in an increasingly non-literary world, it is our responsibility, along with other subjects, to instil the gift of developing written skills.

End points

  • For all students to understand their own place in history and how historical events have formed the world, they live in.

  • Students to use historical events to place their own situation into context and see a human’s ability to change.

  • To develop developing an understanding of other’s views, life and decisions made and the perspectives of others.

  • To understand that cause and consequence, events, decisions or developments in the past produce later actions, results or effects.

Domains of Knowledge

  • American boom and bust  
  • The rise in the civil rights movement.  
  • Elizabethan England  
  • The build and events from the first world war  
  • Britain power and people  
  • Understand the value of sources  
  • Chronology

Key Concepts

 Propositional Knowledge

 Procedural Knowledge

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality.

Students will know about the boom and bust of America in the 1920s.

Students will know that the wall street crash was a global event that led to the rise of right-wing extremist.

Students will know how the entertainment sector was vital in the boom of America.

Students will know the reasons for America being powerful after the WW1.

Students will know how key people like Malcolm X and MLK were to the civil rights movement.

Students will be able to analyse sources from the time.

Students will be able to put events in order from the boom and bust of the period.

Students will be able to recognise the key factors of the fall of the US and global economy.

Students will be able to show how radical tension rose during this time and how the civil rights movement was key.

Students will be able to recognise vital events and people from the time.

BA Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894–1918.

Students will know the causes of the WW1.

Students will understand the events that led to the WW1 (black hand gang and treaty of London).

Students will understand the The Alliance System around the time of the war.

Students will understand the Anglo-German rivalry that led to war.

Students will be answer exam style questions on the outbreak of war and the events that led up to it.

Students will understand. The Western Front: military tactics and technology, including trench warfare.

Students will understand how the war ended.


Students will be able list the sides for the war.

Students will be able to list the events that led to WW1.

Students will be able to talk about with confident the outbreak of war: Slav nationalism. and relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary; the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo and its consequences; the July Crisis; the Schlieffen Plan and Belgium; reasons for the outbreak of hostilities and the escalation of the conflict.

Students will be able to re-enact trench warfare and understand the hardship.

Student we will able to say why the war ended and what were the key events.

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day.

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over a long period of time.

Students will be able to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen.

Students will be able to show how ideas, events or developments in the wider world affected the course of Britain's political development and will promote the idea that ideas of authority, challenge and rights did not develop in isolation, but these developments should be seen in terms of how they affected Britain and British people.

 Students will be able to understand how the economics of the UK has changed over the last 1000 years.

Students will be able to chart the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, it reveals how, in different periods, the state responds to challenges to its authority and their impact.

Students will be able to understand the importance of the following factors:

• war

• religion

• chance

• government

• communication

• the economy

• ideas such as equality, democracy, representation

• the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change

Students will develop an understanding of the varying rate of change, why change happened when it did, whether change brought progress, and the significance of the change.

BC Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Students will know major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints.

Students will know the difficulties of being a female ruler. How Elizabeth dealt with these problems and came through them.

Students will know who Mary Queen of Scots is and her: background; Elizabeth and Parliament’s treatment of Mary; the challenge posed by Mary; plots; execution and its impact.

Students will be able to talk about with confident Elizabeth I and her court: background and character of Elizabeth I; court life, including patronage; key ministers.

Student will be able to answer questions on the golden age.

Students will understand the conflict with Spain: reasons; events; naval warfare, including tactics and technology; the defeat of the Spanish Armada.


Progression map

History Progression Map