Academy Life


Our Vision:

The History department is fully committed to ensuring that all students develop a love of history through enjoyment and engagement and are empowered to be critical thinkers who have a fully developed understanding of the world and themselves.

We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History at Erdington Academy should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teachers equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We want our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity, culture and heritage, and the challenges of their time.

The department has high expectations for all we encourage our students to have a positive attitude towards learning and a thirst for knowledge. We reward students who participate well and seek to encourage all to be confident and resilient. Within the department we endeavour to develop skills as well as knowledge – skills such as problem solving, decision making, teamwork, leadership and communication. We are committed to building good relationships with all students and as a team we constantly reflect on and refine our own practice and share with others. Planning expectations within History are that we have subject specialists who specifically deal with Long and Medium term planning and the short term planning is the responsibility of individual teachers enhance their future life chances.


You should study History if you want to pursue a career in the civil service (government), local government, law, police, teaching, journalism, museums and libraries, research.

History is highly valued as an academic qualification by all careers and educational establishments.

Curriculum Map for History:

Year 7








Medieval Life




Year 8






The 19th Century





The World at War

The World at War
Year 9



Britain Health and the People: C1000- present dayBritain Health and the People: C1000- present day



Norman England 1066-1100

Norman England 1066-1100
Year 10



Conflict and Tension: The interwar years 1919-1939Conflict and Tension: The interwar years 1919-1939



Germany1840-1945, Democracy and Dictatorship

Germany1840-1945, Democracy and Dictatorship



Revision: Britain Health and the People: C1000- present day

Year 11



Revision: Norman England 1066-1100



Revision: Conflict and Tension: The interwar years 1919-1939



Revision: Germany1840-1945, Democracy and Dictatorship