History connects the past with the present and it matters because it helps us as individuals to understand why our society is the way it is and what we value. History lessons encourage students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and form their own judgements about the past. At Gosforth Academy we build upon the students’ prior knowledge of ancient, medieval and early modern history by focussing on the modern era. However, students also revisit the earlier periods in two of the GCSE topics and in the A level coursework. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of different topics in History. We have designed a curriculum which avoids repetition and we have chosen topics which are not necessarily the easiest choice but are the ones which are particularly interesting, such as the Cold War.