Subject Leader:

Ms Stoddart (Subject Leader for History)          



Ms R Wylie (Curriculum Leader for Humanities)   



Ms Alexander                                                           


Mr Pickford                                                                


Ms Quartey



The dynamic environment of the twenty-first century means that a solid history education is needed in order to navigate and understand the current political and socio-economic climate. It is through the subject of history that students can start to understand how the past feeds into the present. This requires a good history curriculum; one which is rooted within the subject discipline, but also takes into account the individual, and how the curriculum can best serve the students.

The history curriculum at Sydenham is:

  • engaging and seeks to bring the idiosyncrasies of the past to life
  • rigorous, using the latest research and scholarship as a guide
  • accessible to all students, using a range of strategies to support each student
  • seeks to address the imbalances within the curriculum by shedding light on ‘hidden histories’

Key Stage Three

The curriculum in Year 7 starts with the Romans and what happened after they left England, then moves on to the impact of the Norman Conquest, medieval religion, The First Crusade, King John, female rulers in the Middle Ages, African Civilisations, and ends with the Tudor period, looking at the Reformation and the experience of ‘Black Tudors’, drawing on the work of the historian, Miranda Kaufmann.

The curriculum in Year 8 starts with the British Empire and looks and how it is remembered, then moves on to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, with a local study on Louise House, then the campaign for the vote, looking at both the Chartists and the Suffragettes, and then ending the year with the ‘Roaring Twenties’.

In Year 9, students will learn about the interwar period, the development of democracies and dictatorships, the Holocaust and the Kinder Transport. In the Spring Term, the students will learn about London in the 20th century, with a depth study about Claudia Jones, then move on to Civil Rights in the UK, looking at the Battle of Lewisham, and comparing it to Civil Rights in the USA. The students will end the year by looking at apartheid in South Africa and medicine in the First World War.

Key Stage Four

At KS4, students study Medicine in Britain, c.1250-1500, Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939, and Superpower Relations, 1941-1991.

Key Stage Five

At KS5, the students will study Democracies in Change: Britain and the USA in the 20th century, Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and a controversial issue from History for their Coursework Unit.

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