The aim of our History curriculum is to ensure students share an enjoyment of learning and excitement for the past, whilst understanding its importance in shaping both the present and the future. Through engagement in scholarly debate and developing critical thinking, students are inspired to question the world around them and foster an appreciation for the value of history in everyday lives and community. Our students have the confidence to question and challenge ideas and opinions rather than to blindly accept opinion disguised as fact. By the end of Year 11, our students will have fostered a passion for learning and discovery. They will have secure, ‘powerful’ substantive knowledge which will enable them to engage with further study and help their understanding of the wider world. They will be independent thinkers who question the world around them and will be able to actively engage within scholarly debate.
The History department provide fun and engaging courses of study which are designed to inspire and ignite a passion for learning about the past and develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live and how it has been shaped, politically, economically and socially.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and aims to give students a broad and balanced understanding of history in Britain and the wider world. Throughout Key Stage 3 we deliver units of work in a loosely chronological order, to provide structure and to help comprehension of cause and consequence. We start Year 7 with fundamental history skills which students will develop and expand over the 5 years. These skills and the content we cover at Key Stage 3 underpin the GCSE course, securing learning through the use of knowledge organisers, knowledge retrieval tests and knowledge steps.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study GCSE History. The rigorous demands of the course require students to show dedication and commitment to be subject. The AQA specification allows students to study a broad spectrum of history and focuses on key skills of source analysis, historical perspective, knowledge and understanding of key concepts and events. The course consists of four units of study:
- Conflict and tension: The inter-war years 1918-1939
- Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship
- Britain: Health and the People c.1000 to the present day.
- Elizabethan England 1568-1603
History GCSE allows students to acquire and develop life skills such as researching, evaluating, analysing and synthesising. The course prepares students well for further education, but also to question, analyse and evaluate information around them.