The History Department at Bristol Metropolitan Academy aims to teach pupils a range of political, economic, social, religious and cultural features from selected periods of British, European and American history. We aim to foster an interest and enthusiasm when studying the past and to highlight the values and uses of history beyond the classroom. We want pupils to enjoy and excel in history through an enquiry based approach in a safe and stimulating environment. A wide variety of teaching strategies, activities and resources are used across all Key Stages to make the teaching of history both stimulating and challenging. 


In Year 7 pupils study a range of historical events/people from the Middle Ages, c1066 – 1500 and the Early Modern period, c1500 – 1750.

Autumn Term: The Norman Invasion: How did William gain and keep control of England?

Spring Term: Challenges to the throne: The murder of Thomas Becket and the reign of King John.

Summer Term: How significant was the Tudor Dynasty?

Homework project: Term 5

In Year 8 pupils continue to develop their skills as young historians by studying history across the globe.

Autumn Term: The Industrial Revolution: How did Britain contribute to a developing world?

Spring Term: World War One

Summer Term: The Assassination of JFK

Homework project: Term3


NEW SPECIFICATION: Our current Year 9 cohort will follow the new Edexcel GCSE specification and sit ALL exams at the end of Year 11 (Summer 2018).

Paper 1: Thematic Study and the Historic Environment*

Medicine through time, c1250 – present with a specific historic environment study focussing on the development of surgery on the battlefield during WW1.

(Year 10) Paper 2: Period Study and the British Depth Study

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941 – 91

The Tudor Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 88

(Year 11) Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 39

*Under the new specification the controlled task element has been replaced with a study of a historic environment.

Our current Year 10 will continue to follow the AQA specification completing Unit 2: The American West, 1845 – 95 during the 2015-16 academic year, and the controlled task element in the 2016-17 academic year.