History

Welcome

Welcome to the History page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Curriculum Intent

The word History derives from an ancient Greek verb that means “to know’’. The Greek word historia originally meant inquiry, the act of seeking knowledge, as well as the knowledge that results from inquiry.

The History department’s curriculum intent is to develop a knowledge base and an enquiring open mind but also to develop a love, intrigue and passion for History that is long lasting. We want our students to be able to make sense of the present both at home and abroad. We believe that a study of History should excite and ignite students’ curiosity to ask questions and know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to develop a chronological framework of British history thus enabling students to understand and appropriately apply the new knowledge they acquire, to understand the process of causation, change and consequence. We aim to support students understanding of how we arrived ‘here’ and to comprehend the present. We want students to realise that history is contested and open to challenge.

In order for our students to investigate, challenge and contest robustly we aim to equip them with a skills base that will enable them to become effective and analytical individuals who can explore the past through different interpretations and perspectives and be able to transfer that skill base thus enabling them to become and remain positive contributors to society and to think and act constructively.

The curriculum has been collaboratively planned, implemented and is subject to regular review, reflection and evaluation. We aim to deliver a broad, deep and balanced knowledge base of historical events, features and people.  In History we will implement our curriculum through a variety of approaches and resources taking into account and adapting to students’ needs. Activities will be diverse but feature opportunities for discussion, reflection and enquiry. Integral skills such as understanding and applying first and second order concepts will be introduced, practised, reinforced and progressive. Independent thought, action and resilience will be encouraged and actively promoted with regular constructive and diagnostic feedback.

Students will be supported in their learning, knowledge acquisition and skill development through dual coding, revisiting and retrieval.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Knowledge will be sequenced in a chronological order with frequent and explicit links to prior and future learning and our curriculum will span 1066-Modern World with a focus on British History both at home and abroad.

The KS 3 Curriculum is designed around the key historical concepts of:

  • Chronology - to provide students with a framework of the importance of time and order and making sense of what happened, why and when and to reflect on impact.
  • Change and Continuity - to provide students with an understanding of the concept of change (why and how events and people are affected) and continuity (why do some things just remain/stay the same)
  • Cause and Consequence - to support student understanding of long, medium and short term causation and related impact in terms of the degree of consequence on people, society and events
  • Skill Development - to integrate key skills such as analysis, interpretation and evaluation throughout the whole KS and to regularly revisit and practice

Curriculum Overview



How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 7 -9 will be assessed internally on numerical levels across a range of 4-7/8, usually in the form of an end of unit test focusing on student knowledge acquisition, understanding and skills.


Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation


What will our pupils study?

Students will build on their skills development and ability to acquire and relevantly deploy knowledge. The curriculum is designed to enable such progression in knowledge and skills. The content is appropriately challenging and in line with the exam board specification with correlation to subjects such as Science and especially English. Staff support the learning throughout the stage with modelling, dual coding techniques and providing specific support with learning retrieval.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 10-11 will be assessed by final examinations covering a wide content of knowledge, understanding and skills. The present Year 11 will be informed of the exact details of the exam procedures once the examination board has finalised the arrangements.


How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?



20212020
2019
4+ “standard” pass
77%81%
71%
5+ “strong” pass
56%63%
64%


Impact

Students develop a wide and considered knowledge base and a truly wide variety of life skills which are transferable across the adult world to equip them in making a real and significant contribution to society.