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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view our History curriculum for each year group.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11


At SFX our students think like a historian because...

they ask questions. They are curious about the world they live in and strive to understand how understanding history informs their understanding of the world around them , e.g. linking the Cold War into the current Ukrainian invasion. They are critical thinkers and can analyse and evaluate information. They can discuss the terms bias, validity and peer review. They listen to other viewpoints and give evidence informed conclusions.


Recent research used to inform practices in English

The history department is developing reading skills using the EEF's reading comprehension strategies, i.e explicit teaching of strategies; teachers questioning pupils to apply key steps; summarising or identifying key points; metacognitive talk to model strategies; using graphic or semantic organisers;
using peer and self-questioning strategies to practice the strategies (such as reciprocal questioning); and
pupils monitoring their own comprehension and identifying difficulties themselves.


History vision

Our overarching ambition for all students at SFX is to inspire in them a love and appreciation of History and through this gain a deeper understanding of our gospel values of compassion, stewardship, courage and service.

The purpose of the History curriculum at SFX School is to systematically and critically examine the haphazard development of multi-cultural Britain as well as the ‘British Values’ of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

We want our students to be armed with the skills to be effective, critical and enquiring global citizens ready to face the challenges ahead. Their ‘cultural literacy’ will be further developed by regular and explicit reference to numerous examples from literature, music and art etc.at a local, national and international level.

The key stage three curriculum will also provide structured and progressive preparation for GCSE History in terms of key historical skills, relevant background knowledge and assessment requirements. Our key focus is that all of our students make outstanding progress and are encouraged to develop their talents and be the best version of themselves.


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mrs E Bowman - Teacher of History
  • Ms R Hope - Teacher of History


KS4 Course(s)

  • GCSE History - AQA

 Within this course, we cover the following topics:

  • Germany 1890 – 1945
  • Conflict and Tension 1918 – 1939
  • Elizabethan England 1558 – 1603
  • Health and the people c1,000 - present


Enrichment opportunities

  • Y7 – Richmond Castle Visit
  • Y7 – Local Church Study
  • All years – Talk from Holocaust survivor
  • Y9 – War Memorial Study
  • Y9 – Y11 London Trip (jointly with English)