History at St Edward’s Church of England Academy. 

How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next.  St. Edward’s pupils study many different aspects of the past, finding out about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied. History rooms are all equipped with an interactive whiteboard and there is a strong emphasis on the use of drama, ICT and independent learning. Pupils are encouraged to learn the tools of the Historian, to consider significant events, to evaluate change and continuity and to consider different interpretations of the past.

History Faculty Team

Mrs R Rose   

Mrs R Smith-Ruscoe      

Miss H Jones

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key stage 2

What can we learn from the Romans? (Roman Empire and Roman Britain)

Were the Vikings and Saxons Cruel? Vikings and Anglo Saxon – the struggle of the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

What was life like during Tudor times? Tudor life and exploration

Thematic study: How did life change from 1750-1900?

Local study: What was Leek like in 1850? How much did it change during the Industrial Revolution?

What was life like for Victorian children in Britain?

A comparative study between Britain and non-European Civilizations: the Americas

Key Stage 3

  • Who were the ‘British’?
  • What was life like in the Middle Ages?
  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • The Norman Conquest changed everything: do you agree?
  • What did Medieval people believe in?
  • How accepted were other religions in Medieval England?
  • Why did people go on long journeys?
  • What were the Silk Roads and why were they important?
  • Was John really the worst king ever?
  • Was the Black Death a blessing in disguise?

  • Overview of life 1500 – 1750
  • The Tudor Reformation: how significant were the changes?
  • Was Mary really bloody?
  • What problems did Elizabeth I face?
  • Who is missing from history?
  • The Civil War: Did Charles I deserve to die? How is Oliver Cromwell remembered?
  • What were people scared of in the 17th Century? Revolution, plague and witchcraft (American and French Revolutions)
  • New Horizons: Exploration and the New World
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the impact of the British Empire

Useful websites for History
Key stage 3:

Key stage two:
For all topics:

For Tudors