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History and Sociology Intent: -

To develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of the past and see how it shapes the present. Lessons should inspire curiosity through the teaching of key events, people and discoveries.


Students will learn about the past through investigating a series of engaging enquiry questions that may cover; first and second order concepts, a topic or theme in breadth, or delve into a narrower topic in depth. Through investigating the answers to enquiry questions students develop a broad base of knowledge of the past as well as developing key historical skills such as causation, change and continuity, interpretations and using sources.  Consideration has been given to ensure progression across skills throughout the time the students are in school as well as ensuring that students develop a sense of chronology. Opportunities for assessment have been clearly identified and planned for. Cross curricular themes have been specifically linked – for example literacy and citizenship. (See the Curriculum Map and Curriculum Overviews for further details)



Students’ exercise books, online learning areas as well as completed assessments and exams provide evidence of a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate they have developed key knowledge and skills.

By the time they leave Notre Dame RC Girls’ School students will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the present through a respectful engagement with the past.
  • Engage in the process of historical enquiry and understand how history is created.
  • Engage with evidence and interpretations in meaningful ways.
  • Understand the development of history over long periods of time as well as in the short term.
  • Show an understanding of a diverse, broad range of periods and people.
  • Engage with the history around them

Visual Curriculum Map

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Curriculum Overviews

Below you will find curriculum overviews for each year group. Please click the images to open the full curriculum overview for each year. 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9