Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ
T: 020 8673 8737

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History Intent

The History curriculum gives us the knowledge which empowers us to confidently question and explain the past, challenging our thinking about the world today.

History is a relevant subject, recognised by the Government as integral to the English Baccalaureate and recognised by Chestnut Grove Academy as a means of stimulating, engaging and intellectually-provoking our students. Our History curriculum strives to challenge our students on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues through our diverse and inclusive teaching strategies.

Students use a variety of skills to investigate this range of topics, such as analysing different source materials, using empathy to understand different societies and engaging with other students by developing role-plays. Students develop literacy, knowledge and comprehension skills by producing various written pieces throughout the key stages.  They also have the opportunity to express themselves in more visual and creative methods, such as producing presentations and visual storyboards, for example documenting an argument between Saladin and Richard the Lion-heart or producing David Low-style cartoons in order to investigate the role of political cartoons. Students are always challenged and continually required to test their ideas in a stimulating and safe environment.

The CGA History curriculum challenges the certainty and assumptions we have in today’s society, building resilience in dealing with uncertainty, encouraging young people to open their minds, think critically and be empowered with knowledge.

Qualifications / curriculum offer

Key stage 3 students study 2 hours of History a week, with each unit centring around a key enquiry question and focusing on a particular historical concept.

Programme of study Year 7


Programme of study Year 8

Programme of study Year 9

Programme of study Year 10

  • Anglo Saxon and Norman England
  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War
  • Migrants in Britain c800-present day

Programme of study Year 11

  • Migrants in Britain c800-present day
  • Notting Hill c.1948-c.1970: case study on Historic Environments
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39


Key Stage 5 students study 5 hours of History a week in preparation for their A level exams (Pearson):

Programme of study Year 12

  • Britain transformed, 1918-97
  • The USA, 1955-92: conformity and challenge

Programme of study Year 13

  • The British experience of warfare: c.1790-1918
  • Coursework unit

Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Progression Map

Year 8 Progression Map

Year 9 Progression Map


Learning Resources

Enrichment Activities

The History department at Chestnut Grove Academy strives to enhance our students' understanding of and enthusiasm for History through a range of extra-curricular clubs and trips. These include historical fiction and academic reading clubs in school; beyond school, we run trips to the battlefields of Belgium, the Viking Centre in York, the Dockyards in Portsmouth and the historic city of Berlin.