Mrs. S. Chater

Head of Department

History is one of the key ingredient to human society.  It informs our present, guides our future and records our past and without it, we would be lost.  But history at FUS is also a dynamic, current, fun and engaging course.  The teaching style is very much to make the lessons fun, from turning the classroom into a 1920s Chicago speakeasy to a courtroom to put Presidents who got away with it on trial and exonerate the wrongly convicted from famous cases.

There is also a rigorous approach towards the demands of the exam and students record good achievement in history at FUS.  In Year 9 student study a range of diverse 20th century topics, including the First World War, great dictators like Stalin and with many references to the modern world and to other aspects of history happening away from the glare of traditional schools history, including women’s history, black history and social and economic histories of ordinary people.  At GCSE, students study American and British history units alongside the Vietnam and Korean wars.

It is taught by a department of experienced and engaging teachers and students from Year 9 to Year 11 invariably say they enjoy their lessons.  We look forward to seeing you in our classrooms, on the battlefields and in the papers, investigating the famous, the infamous and lots in-between.



GCSE – AQA- 2 exams at the end of year 11. Both exams = 2 hours


When possible, the department takes GCSE students on an Elizabethan site. The location of this is set by the exam board and changes each year.


At GSCE students are issued with ‘Student Information Booklets’ which contain revision checklists, key words, knowledge organisers and past exam questions. Recommended revision guides are published by OXFORD (America 1920-1973, Elizabethan England c1568-1603, Conflict and Tension in Asia 1950-1975, Health & People c1000-present).

History Long Term Plan

Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 9Causes of World War OneTrench Warfare/ WWI Home FrontLeadership concepts- Democracy, Dictatorship, Capitalism, CommunismLeadership- HitlerLeadership- StalinGCSE America 1920s
Year 10America 1930sAmerica Post-WarConflict in Asia- KoreaConflict in Asia- VietnamElizabethan EnglandElizabethan England
Year 11Health & PeopleHealth & PeopleElizabethan SiteRevisionRevision