EGA School



Upper Street Islington 1811


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.

Key Stage 3  

At Key stage 3 pupils are taught to develop the following skills: how to deal with sources and evidence, explain causation of events, interpret characters and major occurrences, argue relative significance of events and developments, identify continuity and change, and deal with diversity and culture in the UK and further.


In year 7 students study:


What is history? A study of an aspect of social history, the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles before 1066.


The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, this includes the Norman Conquest and the impact this had on English society. The Black Death, Peasants Revolt and the Conquest of Wales.


The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745, this includes, the English Reformation and Counter Reformation. Students carry out an enquiry into a local history study of St Bartholomew’s church and hospital- this is a study over time, testing how far the site in its’ locality reflects aspects of national history.


In year 8 students study:


Society and culture across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in terms of religion and superstition in daily life. Students look at ideas, political power, industry and empire:

Britain, 1745-1901, this includes Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition. The development of the British Empire with a depth study on India.  Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform.


Students also study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day with units on women’s suffrage, the First World War, the peace settlement, the inter war years and the Second World War. In addition students study the United States in the 20th century by looking at civil rights in the USA.  


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

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

At key stage 4 we study Edexcel SHP History B

  1. Medicine and public health in Britain c50AD to the present day
  2. The American West c1845-c1890
  3. The transformation of surgery c1845-c1918
  4. A Modern World Study Northern Ireland c1968-c1999 Representations of History

Recommended reading lists




Little house on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder ( American West)

Bury my heart at wounded knee  Dee Brown ( American West)

Cal - Bernard Mac Laverty  (Conflict in Northern Ireland)

Across the barricades - Joan Lingard (Conflict in Northern Ireland)

Frankie’s Story- Catherine Sefton  (Conflict in Northern Ireland)

Silver Pigs- Lindsey Davis (Medicine in ancient Rome)


Recommended Text books:


1)      Edexcel GCSE History B: Schools History Project - American West Student Book (2B) [Paperback]

          Rosemary Rees (Author)

          ISBN: 978-1846-904-43-1

2)      Edexcel GCSE History B: Schools History Project - Medicine and Surgery Student Book (1A & 3A) [Paperback]

          Nigel Bushnell (Author), Cathy Warren (Author)

          ISBN-  978-1846-904-40-0

3)     Results Plus Revision: GCSE History Spec B SB+CD

        ISBN:  9781846905902

4)     Edexcel Medicine and Health Through Time

         Includes Unit 1 Development study and Unit 3 Surgery Source Enquiry

         Ian Dawson, Dale Banham, Dan Lyndon  ISBN: 9780340986707

5)     Edexcel GCSE Schools History Project Exam Skills Practice Workbook – Extend (Pre order- due to be published in                September 2011.

ISBN: 9781446900574

6) Edexcel GCSE Schools History Project Exam Skills Practice Workbook – Support (pre- order for September 2011 from Pearson website)

ISBN: 9781446900581

 For the work on the  Modern World Study Northern Ireland c1968-c1999 Representations of History:  pupils should consult the following texts for the controlled assessment:

1)      Clare, J. Northern Ireland 1920-82 (Macmillan Education Ltd, 1989)

2)      Clare, J D et al. GCSE History: AQA B Modern World History (Heinemann, 2009)

3)      Doherty, B. Northern Ireland since c1960 (Heinemann Educational Publishers, 2001)

4)      Gillespie, S & Jones, G. Northern Ireland and its neighbours (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995)

5)      Grant, R.G. Conflict in Northern Ireland (Hodder Wayland, 2001)

6)      Lewis, J. Ireland, a divided country (Gloucester Press, 1989)

7)      Macdonald, H. The Irish Question (Simon & Schuster Education , 1992)

8)      McAleavy, T. Conflict in Ireland (Collins Educational, 1999)

9)      Rea, T & Wright, J. Ireland, a divided island (Oxford University Press, 1999)

10)  Walsh, B. The struggle for peace in Northern Ireland: A modern world study (John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2000)


Useful Websites

Terms & holidays

Summer Term 2017
Start: 18th Apr
Half Term: 29th May-2nd June
End of Term: 21st July
Autumn Term 2017
Start: 4th Sept
Half Term:23rd-27th Oct
End of Term:21st Dec
Spring Term 2018
Start: 3rd Jan 
Half Term:12-16th Feb
End of Term: 29th Mar
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