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Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Attend additional revision sessions and crammers as and when they are offered.
  • Create a comprehensive revision guide for the unit of work that they are studying.
  • Complete sample papers from the examination board website.
  • Search the national Archives website.
  • Visit a local or university library for additional reading.
  • Visit the Historical Association website - www.history.org.uk
  • Create twitter accounts for key individuals.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

Ask the teacher for the wider reading list for each module in order to deepen and widen understanding of the era being studied. Here are some examples:

French Revolution:

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy.

American Civil Rights:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain.
  • Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee.


  • Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel.
  • Tudor Court Series – Philippa Gregory.

What can be listened to in order to support the curriculum?

There are various podcasts and radio programmes available which will assist all students in deepening understanding of specific modules. Here are some examples:

American Civil Rights:

  • BBC Witness: Brown Vs Board of Education.
  • BBC Witness: American Air Traffic Controllers Strike.
  • BBC Witness: Marcus Garvey.
  • BBC Witness: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
  • BBC Witness: The Resignation Of President Nixon.
  • BBC Witness: The Mississippi Burning Case.
  • BBC Witness: The Civil Rights Act Of 1964.
  • BBC Witness: I Have A Dream.
  • BBC Witness: The Freedom Riders.
  • BBC Witness: Desegregation Of US Schools 1960.
  • BBC Witness: Native Americans and Alcatraz.
  • BBC Witness: The Woman Who Stopped Equal Rights in America.
  • BBC Cultural Frontline: Rosa Parks' House Finds a New Home.
  • BBC America, Empire of Liberty: Black Power - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.


  • BBC Great Lives: Henry VII.
  • BBC In Our Time - The Tudor State.
  • Rex Factor: What Happened to Henry VIII?
  • Rex Factor: Edward VI.
  • Rex Factor: Henry VIII part 1.
  • Rex Factor: Henry VIII part 2.
  • Rex Factor: Mary I.
  • BBC History Clips Tudors 1 Henry VIII.
  • BBC History Clips Tudors 6 Privy To The King.
  • BBC History Clips Tudors 9 Martyrs.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

Visit the Historical Association website www.history.org.uk
Visit History Today website www.historytoday.com

Can television and film assist with supporting the curriculum?

Certain television programmes can be useful:

French Revolution:

  • Napoleon (2016).
  • Les Miserables.
  • Sharpe.

American Civil Rights:

  • Face to face: MLK – available on iPlayer - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.
  • Selma.
  • Malcolm X.
  • Find and watch one of the many documentaries on the American Civil Rights movement.


  • Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel.
  • Blackadder Season 1.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory.
  • Find and watch a documentary on the Tudors - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.


  • 4 On Demand.
  • The History Channel.
  • Find relevant programmes related to each module on Yesterday Channel - yesterday.uktv.co.uk.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Discuss and debate current affairs, and try to find links back to historical events.
  • Discuss your son's or daughter's homework and classwork – getting them to explain and justify the judgements they make.
  • Ask your son or daughter to teach you about an aspect of history that they are learning about.
  • Visit places of historical interest when the opportunity arises. This could be locally, nationally or internationally.
  • Examples of places to visit include: Thimbleby, Lincolnshire, a Tudor village; a Tudor building, such as Gainsborough Old Hall; a Tudor castle or palace, such as Hampton Court or Hever Castle; Tudor World in Stratford upon Avon; Wilberforce House in Hull; the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
  • If you have the opportunity to visit Paris, visit some of the sites connected to the revolution, e.g. Place de la Bastille.

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