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History is a popular and exciting subject at EGA. The department aims to help stimulate students' curiosity about the way people lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. The course aims to help pupils to develop their own understanding of history at a personal, local, national and international level. The work aims to challenge and interest students about the past. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different time periods, cultures and societies. The department uses the philosophy and resources of the schools history project to deliver the subject. History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning young women.

Course Content

History Intent Statement

KS3 Curriculum

GCSE Curriculum

Study at Home for KS3

The text books we use at school are:

  • SHP History year 7 Ian Dawson, Maggie Wilson. ISBN 978 0340 907344
  • SHP History year 8 Chris Culpin, Ian Dawson. ISBN 978 0340 907368
  • SHP History year 9 Dale Banham Ian Luff. ISBN 9780340907399

Ways for parents to support learning

Students can supplement their learning by visiting these websites to do homework, play games and further their knowledge:

Suggested Reading

  • The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemarie Sutcliff
  • Across the Roman Wall - T. Breslin (Ancient Rome)
  • A traveler in time - Alison Uttley
  • Coram Boy - J Gavin (African Slavery)
  • The Young Warriors - Victor Stafford Reid
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of two cities - Charles Dickens
  • Friedrich - Hans Peter Richter
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (Holocaust)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan Chambers
  • Ethel and Ernest A true story - Raymond Briggs

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 we study Edexcel SHP History B:

  • Medicine in Britain c1250 to the present day and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918; surgery and treatment. (30%)
  • Period Study. The American West c1835-c1895 British Depth study. Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588
  • Modern depth study, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

Recommended Text Books

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England, 1558–1588 Student Book
Publisher: Pearson
Author: Georgina Blair
ISBN: 9781292127262

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History The American West, c1835–c1895 Student Book
Publisher: Pearson
Author: Rob Bircher
ISBN: 9781292127309

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1)) Paperback – 21 Sep 2016 by John Child (Author)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine Through Time, C1250-Present: Student Book (EDEXCEL GCSE HISTORY (9-1) Ms Hilary Stark , Ms Sally Thorne 

Weimar and Nazi Germany

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This novel tells the story of death who happens to be following the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany.  Also available as a film. Imperial War Museum – Holocaust exhibition The London Imperial War Museum’s holocaust exhibit is stunning and free to enter.
  • Alone in Berlin by Han Fallada Novel set in Nazi Germany. Based on a true story which tells the story of a couple who decide to oppose the Nazis after their son is killed at war.
  • Anne Frank’s Diary telling her story of how her family hid for the Nazis during World War Two
  • Hitler – The Rise of Evil - Drama series on the early years of Hitler.  
  • The Nazis a warning from History - BBC  documentary series.  
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - Novel or film about a young German boy who makes friends with a young Jewish boy.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany by Hinton and Hite - A Level textbook. Very helpful if you want to extend knowledge
  • The Third Reich by Michael Burleigh - Academic book about the Third Reich Auslander by Paul Dowsell Novel about a young boy living in Nazi Germany who doesn’t want to be involved in the Nazi party.
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr - Novel about a Jewish girl’s story under Nazi rule.

Medicine through time

  • Science Museum – medicine exhibition The Science Museum in London has history of medicine exhibition which is rather good and free to enter.
  • St Thomas’s old operating theatre London - This museum is an old operating theatre which is fascinating.
  • Pain, Pus and Poison (Michael Moseley) - Open University series.  
  • Blood and guts a history of surgery (Michael Moseley) - BBC series.  
  • Filthy Cities Medieval London (Dan Snow) - BBC series.  
  • 7 Industrial Wonders of the World – sewer king (Bazalgette episode) Available on DVD but easily found on youtube.
  • The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A medical history of humanity by Roy Porter - Academic book about the history of medicine.
  • The NHS a Difficult Beginning - BBC documentary.  
  • Saw bones by Catherine Johnson - Novel about an apprentice to a Victorian surgeon.

Historic environment (WW1 trenches and surgery)

  • Imperial War Museum London – WW1 exhibition
  • World War I: An Illustrated History by L Clark Covers the First War World in good detail with illustrations.
  • The First World War by GJ Groot - Gives lots of details about World War One
  • All Quiet on the Western Front - Film and Novel which tells the war from the German side. Novel about World war One looking at the experience of a famous war poet. Comprehensive BBC series about World War One.
  • The Somme: from Defeat to Victory - Documentary about the Somme from the BBC available on DVD or found on youtube.
  • Blood and guts a history of surgery (Michael Moseley) - BBC series.  
  • Dawn Dusk Both by Eve Edwards - Novels focusing on nurses in World war One
  • Poppy and Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper - Novels focusing on nurses in World War One.
  • Things a Bright Girl can do by Sally Nichols Mostly focuses on Suffragettes but also stuff on impact of World War One.

American West

  • Little house on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder (American West)
  • Bury my heart at wounded knee, Dee Brown (American West) 

Useful Websites


Please contact the Co-Head of Humanities,, if you would like more information about the course.