History at Compass will take pupils from the Ancient Greeks and Romans all to the way the 21st century exploring themes such as power and the people, migration and conquest, democracy and dictatorship and much more. Studying History can also provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

It is also a great opportunity for exploration into the history of everything and subsequently learning the most outrageous facts, lots of gory details and critical questioning of what has come before us.

“We are not the makers of History, we are made by History.” Martin Luther King

Compass Historians are inquisitive, reflective and eager to explore the world today through the lens of the past.

At Compass History students will;

  • Unpick what a British identity is, how it was formed and what it means to them
  • Build an awareness and understanding of British and wider world history to explore cultural diversity
  • Explore wider themes and developments throughout history, making links between time periods, people and places
  • Engage with historical enquiries across different topics to question ideas and opinions about the past and at times better understand the world today
  • Develop critical thinking skills especially the ability to analyse and critique sources and historical interpretations

At in years 7 and 8 we are fortunate to be working with Oasis Academy Southbank on their Department for Education curriculum pilot.

Some of the topics we look at are;

  • the history of different cultures in depth such as Africa, India and the USA
  • themes such as protest and political representation through the Suffragette, LGBTQI+ and Civil Rights movements in Britain
  • the historiography of debates surrounding the British Empire 
  • the theme of power and the people from pre-1066 until the present day

This is just the beginning of our History curriculum at Compass and for pupils who wish to pursue the discipline at GCSE we follow the AQA specification and currently study the following areas;

  • Depth Study: Life in Germany
  • World Study: Cold War Tensions
  • Thematic Study: Health and the People
  • British Depth Study: The Restoration of Charles II

We enjoy learning beyond the classroom and aim to take students out in each year group on the following trips;

  • Year 7: Local History Walking Tour
  • Year 8: Museum of London 
  • Year 9: Battlefields of the First World War (extended to Year 10/11) and the Imperial War Museum
  • Year 10: Hunterian Museum and the Old Operating Theatre
  • Year 11: Historic Environment (changes each year) – Greenwich Observatory, Ham House.


Curriculum Journey and Progression Maps 

The History Curriculum Journey is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – History

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of History Knowledge Organisers:

HT1: Year 7 – Battle of Hastings

HT5: Year 8 – Was London the place to be for immigrants post-1945?

GCSE: Life in Germany

If you have any questions about the History curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for History – Sarah Milburn