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Exploring the awe and wonder of the past, to inspire curious and astute citizens who will go on to shape the future.

History at OSSMA is an academic subject rich in powerful and coherent knowledge it provides students with an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as a sense of their own identity and the challenges of their time.


History at OSSMA:

  • Provides students with a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time discovering their place in the time and space, and an appreciation of the people, culture, events and attitudes of societies other than their own;
  • Allows students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts;
  • Gives students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians encouraging curiosity, fascination and a drama of the past, learning the mistakes of the past and providing them with transferable skills for future life;
  • Enables students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organized and effectively supported by relevant evidence;
  • Allows students to gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one’s own questions and goals such as, ‘Who are we and where did we come from?’


A history learner at OSSMA has:

Excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.


  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources, showing chronological understanding, an awareness of cause and consequence and the capacity for solving problems.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry through creative critical reasoning and the use of analytical skills.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic, independent, intellectual, inquisitive engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways, supporting arguments with factual evidence.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their analysis, explanations, evaluations and judgments.

A desire to embrace challenging activities enthusiastically, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics with an awareness of the world around them beyond Blurton and Great Britain.


Year 7:


Change and resilience Power Diversity and empathy Freedom
Norman Invasion Medieval Monarchs Tudors Civil War


Year 8:


Social and moral Chaos Dreams and aspirations Dystopia and injustice Struggles
Industrial revolution Migration Depth Study of India WW1


Year 9:


Crime and injustice Tolerance and Extremism Relationships and tensions Environmental changes
WW2 and Dresden Cold War and terrorism Migration Homefront WWII


Year 10:

‘Power and the People.’ 

This is a breadth study that covers 800 years of British history and explains how ordinary people gradually achieved rights and democracy.

We cover:

  • The Middle Ages- Magna Carta, Simon de Montfort and the Peasant’s Revolt
  • Early Modern Period- Pilgrimage of Grace, English Civil War and the American Revolution
  • 19th Century- voting rights, social justice and workers’ rights
  • 20th Century- women’s rights, workers’ rights and minority rights.

Year 11:

At the outset of Year 11, we will begin our depth study of ‘Elizabethan England.’

We cover:

  • The problems Elizabeth faced upon becoming queen and her solutions, such as the role of patronage, her privy council and Parliament. We also look at challenges she faced such as the Essex Rebellion.
  • Life in Elizabethan England, covering the life of the gentry and nobility during the Golden Age compared to the rise in poverty and the treatment of paupers.
  • Problems at home and abroad, focusing on religious divisions and the plots involving Mary Queen of Scots, and the threat of Spain, leading to the Spanish Armada.

The topics studied as part of year 10 are consistently interleaved during our year 11 Depth Study to ensure our students are able to manipulate and recall knowledge confidently.