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teaching staff 

  • Tom Downey - Humanities Curriculum Leader
  • Therese Berger
  • Tahera Ali
  • Lydia Hasan

support staff 

  • Esther Vernon


Curriculum Aims

In History at Sarah Bonnell we value the contributions of all peoples and cultures in shaping our present world. We wish to instil this in our students to learn from the past and prepare for the future through being independent, broad-minded thinkers and responsible global citizen. We also hope to be able to add value and celebrate differences.

We aim for our students will understand their place in British History and feel a sense of belonging and identity. We hope they leave their history lessons being able to enjoy lessons through active engagement and curiosity. Students should leave history as independent critical thinkers and they should understand the relevance of the past and that the past and present interact.

2018 results were above national average with 29% achieving grades 9-7 and 68% achieving grades 9-4, which equates to a Progress 8 score of +0.16.

Year 8

We teach an enquiry based learning where each topic will have a question in which students will work towards. Enquiries cover a mixture of breadth (e.g. exploring a range of issues) and depth (e.g. focusing on answering the enquiry questions) as well as local history. Core concepts that are taught in Year 7 are continued in Year 8, developing and increasing knowledge in preparation for Year 10 and 11. 

Year 8 curriculum includes:

  • Why was there religious change under the Tudors?
  • Were the gunpowder plotters framed?
  • Was the British Empire a good thing?
  • Why was slavery abolished?