Welcome to the History Department.

At Dormston School, we believe that History is an essential subject for the development of our young adults. History enables us to answer important questions such as ‘Where do I come from?’, ‘How did history lead us to here?’, and ‘Where do we go from here?’. As a department we are passionate about the historical research we do and hope to provide an exciting, innovative and challenging curriculum so that all students can achieve their academic potential, develop a sense of humanity and foster a life-long love of history. Throughout their history lessons students will build their historical knowledge, develop key writing skills, and analyse historical scholarship and sources in order to equip them with understandings about how the past is constructed and the workings of the modern world.



Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to provide students with a broad historical context of events in Britain and around the world. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will engage with historical scholarship to examine what historians have said about certain periods and challenge these views through the analysis of historical sources. Students in Year 7 will study Anglo-Saxon England through to the Tudor dynasty. In Year 8, students will focus on the Early Modern period through to impact of World War One.  Our Year 9 students study Nazi Germany and post-war developments.


We follow the OCR History B exam specification and teach the following units:

  • Paper 1: History Around Us (case study on Himley Hall)
  • Paper 2: Crime and Punishment 1250 – Present; Elizabethan England 1580-1603
  • Paper 3: Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-45; The Making of America 1789-1900

How we assess

In the History department, we assess the learning of pupils in two different, but over-lapping, layers.

  1. Formative Assessment: This is on-going, ungraded and focusses on smaller-chunks of our curriculum. Examples may include: quizzes, multiple choice questions, verbal questioning, live marking, comprehension tasks. This helps us to identify gaps in student knowledge as well as overall strengths and weaknesses in order to adapt teaching to help pupils progress.
  2. Summative Assessment: These are bespoke assessments to each unit’s focus and will take place at the end of the unit. We aim to assess knowledge, interpretation and source analysis as well as extended writing abilities in these. We also have baseline assessments in Year 7 as well as June assessments for each year group to assess the year’s studies.

Subject specific websites to support independent learning and revision

  • BBC Bitesize (For KS4, please use the ‘OCR History B’ section)
  • Seneca Learning
  • History Learning Site
  • Dormston History YouTube Channel (KS4)

Trips & Visits

All trips have been subject to COVID restrictions over the past couple of years.

  • In Year 11 we have taken students to Berlin and Krakow to deepen student understanding of what life was like living under Nazi rule.
  • We are also planning a Year 10 trip to London to explore the impact of the Elizabethan period on the city, as well as its role in crime and punishment.
  • We are exploring potential trips in KS3 that would support students’ understanding of the curriculum.


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