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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information

In History at manor school we take a thematic approach to studying life through the ages from the Anglo-Saxon times all the way to present day. Through the selected topics across key stage three we also explore key historical concepts such as change and continuity, cause and consequence and significance. This allows students to understand fully the achievements of the human race, as well as exploring the development of equality, social justice and the society we live in today. We cover a broad range of both British History as well as international topics including:

  • Monarchy and religion
  • Medicine through time
  • Empire, trade and industry
  • Warfare through time
  • Power and protest
  • America from settlement to civil rights

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information

At KS4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE specification for History 9-1 GCSE.

We have selected a combination of topics that we believe the students will find engaging and interesting, covering a broad range of historical periods and places. Students in year 10 study crime and punishment through time 1000 – present day, with a study of the historical environment of Whitechapel. They also study the American West 1835 – 1895, and Elizabeth I 1558 – 1588. Then proceeding into year 11 students will study the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. The skills learned and practiced through the GCSE are transferable and allow students to construct evidence based arguments, explain why people hold different views of current affairs and weigh up evidence in order to make judgements on the validity of a variety of sources.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Information

We offer a range of Social Sciences subjects at A level. Including History, Psychology and Sociology.

All of these subjects enable students to develop a wider view of the world and their place in it.

Students opting for History A level will also study the Edexcel specification, following route C Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe, including Britain 1625 – 1701 and Russia 1894 – 1924. Paper 3 of the A level is based on the witch craze 1550 – 1750, allowing students to study both at breadth and depth level, spanning a period of over 200 years. The topics selected offer something for all students, regardless of their preference of early or modern history.

Sociology A level is offered through the AQA specification, introducing students into the study of human behaviour and the effect of society on us, as well as our role in society. This promotes students to think about their place in the world and ask questions such as; why is the divorce rate increasing? Why do girls out perform boys in education? Why are there a disproportionate amount of black men in prison? Can you study human behaviour scientifically? Can the government design policies to help eradicate inequality? Does violence in the media cause the audience to commit violence?

In year 12 student study Education and theory and methods, and families and households. In year 13 student study the media, and crime and deviance with theory and methods.

Psychology offers students the chance to study the flip side of the coin when it comes to human behaviour. Whereas Sociology explores the link between society and people, Psychology focusses on the individual and scientific reasoning behind chosen behaviours. Students cover the AQA A level specification covering options such as memory, attachment and psychopathology. Students also explore the study of Schizophrenia, addiction and aggression. Students also study research methods in order to evaluate how effectively we can research human behaviour and look for cause and effect links.


Local history trips in Raunds and the local area – Parish churches and settlement sites such as Warth park and Stanwick Lakes. Possible trip to Belgium, battlefield tours.

Opportunities to visit Whitechapel for the walking tours, the Galleries of Justice museum, Holocaust memorial centre, and potentially a trip to Berlin!

Talks from experiences colleagues in careers relating to the Social Sciences, for example forensic psychologists, researchers for charities and government organisations.

Curriculum Leader name and email address : Claire Johnson