The following SoL follows a thematic approach, entitled Living and believing. It covers major turning points in human history by focusing on the impact of governments, religion, scientific breakthroughs, war, and individuals on health and living conditions over time.


Pupils will be investigating the life expectancy of our ancient ancestors and looking at how illness and the workings of the body were understood. They will look at the influence of Roman towns and how this is impacted on the health of Europeans. They will also look at the Middle Ages and investigate why medically this was a ‘dark age’ with life expectancy falling.






Pupils will continue looking at medicine and health, they will cover the Black Death and its impact on Britain, and the influence of the church in society. They will also move forward in their studies to look at Tudor medicine and the improvements brought about by the Renaissance. Pupils will explain the reasons why the standards of living improved and declined again through the early modern age and through the turbulent period of British industrialisation.




Pupils will investigate how the wars of the 20th Century affected the health and well-being of people and will look at the impact of the NHS after 1945. This ends with an assessment of how far medicine and health have progressed into the 21st Century.

Pupils end the year by looking at the Suffrage movement. In this they study the reasons for and methods used by the Suffragettes as well as source work connected to Emily Davidson. In this unit pupils gain a greater understanding of democracy and liberty as well as looking as looking at notions of equality and the role of women in British society.