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Welcome to the History Department

Mr J Powell (Head of Department)
I am passionate about teaching History at Moorside High School because our pupils have a real love of learning and they appreciate the importance that History plays in both their education and in the world around them. I love challenging pupils to investigate Historical issues such as the crimes of Jack the Ripper and the Assassination of President John F Kennedy and then watching them to formulate their own interpretations of these events.

Miss R Boyle
I chose to teach History because it is such an interesting, relevant and important subject. I love teaching at Moorside as our pupils are always eager to investigate new historical topics and eras. My favourite topics in History are the World Wars, Jack the Ripper and the Industrial Revolution. I enjoy teaching the Industrial Revolution as we are able to investigate Salford’s History and its development throughout time.

Mrs E McGivern
I feel that the study of our past is vital in order to understand what is going on in the present. I have a passion for History and love finding new ways to make History as fun and interesting as possible for my students.

Mr M Fanning
I’ve always loved history because it is a fascinating subject that is so relevant to the world we live in today. I have always thought that we cannot understand the present without first understanding the past, and that is an attitude I try to help our students to have as well. History has so many opportunities for students to really get into who they are and where they come from, and to question and challenge that too!”

Our aims

In History at Moorside High School we aim to seize the opportunity to refresh and re-invigorate thinking and to inspire and engage learners in our twenty-first century learning environment. The department's mission is to inspire and motivate students in their investigation of historical events and individuals. We aim to empower students to  develop their own identities, and to respect each other through their study of History at personal, local, national and international levels.

The History Department aims to make the study of History relevant and engaging to its students to foster independent learning in order to encourage confident and thoughtful young people to take an interest in the world around them.

What will I study?

Year 7 – Pupils develop the key skills required to be a successful historian, topics covered include: a local History study, the Roman Empire, Medieval Realms and Tudor times. Year 8 – Pupils build upon the key skills introduced in Year 7 to investigate: the era of the Stuarts, the English Civil War, the British Empire, the Industrial Revolution, the crimes of Jack the Ripper, the Suffragettes and the sinking of the Titanic. Year 9- Pupils utilise and extend the key skills introduced in Years 7 and 8 to analyse to analyse the outbreak of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme, the policy of appeasement, the rise of Hitler, life on the British home front during the Second World War, the holocaust, the use of atomic weapons, the Cold War, the 1960s and the assassination of JFK.

How will I study?

The key skills and concepts required to be successful at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) are firmly embedded and practiced in the Key Stage 3 History curriculum. A variety of teaching and learning methods are adopted including interactive whiteboard activities, role-plays, the use of I-pads, group and paired activities and independent research projects.

How will I be monitored and assessed?

Across Key Stage 3 pupils regularly complete Assessment for Learning tasks which relate directly to the specific assessed tasks that they are required to complete each half term. Before completing assessed tasks pupils study a pupil friendly success criteria, which enables pupils to select the relevant features which they will include in their work.

Having completed assessed tasks pupils will play an active role in peer assessment, where they will refer to the success criteria to select examples of (www) what went well) and ebi (even better if).

Why take History as an option?

The study of History lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices. History is widely regarded as a rigorous and challenging qualification by employers and education providers and is popular for all areas of development. As well as a broad range of historical and contemporary contextual knowledge, history develops skills of interpretation and analysis useful in all jobs, including high flying professional careers like politics, law and the media.

History links well with all subjects, but particularly Humanities subjects such as English, Religious Education, Law, Philosophy and forms an important part of the English Baccalaureate.

Some examples of careers History can lead to are:

Accountancy, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers.

What will happen at Key Stage 4?

Key Stage 4 History follows the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in  HISTORY 


Component 1: Studies in Depth 

  • The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603
  • The Development of The USA 1929-2000  

Component 2: Studies in Breadth

  • A study of Germany in Transition 1919-1939
  • Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain, c.500 to the present day

KS3 Homework

Pupils of KS3 will be set a revision homework from their knowledge organisers every week. They will then sit a short history quiz of 7 questions the following lesson. Pupils have been given a knowledge organiser at the beginning of each topic. If they lose it, they are expected to print it off themselves. Please click on the links below to download their current knowledge organisers:

Autumn Term 1a knowledge organisers:

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

KS4 Homework

Learning outside the classroom

Key stage 3 pupils will take part in a visit to the First World War Battlefield’s in July 2019-  students will retrace the steps taken by the Salford Pals at the Somme and will take part in the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Year 10 History students visit London in June 2018- the trip will include a tour of Wembley Stadium, a chance to retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper through Whitechapel, take a trip on the London Eye and visit the Natural History Museum.

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Revision 

Component 1: Studies in Depth 

Component 2: Studies in Breadth


Jack The Ripper


Useful websites

The websites below can be used by students, parents and carers to support their understanding of Historical issues.

 BBC Bitesize offers revision support for the GCSE unit focusing upon Germany in Transition

For support focusing upon the GCSE Elizabethan unit

Help with homework

An informative site for general research, which gives a good overview of the key figures and periods that are studied at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Useful for revision notes, quizzes and resources for things covered throughout secondary education.