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History

The curriculum of our school is a reflection of our school ethos, vision and ambition. We seek to develop the whole child so that they can access all that life can offer. This means that in addition to the explicit curriculum that ultimately leads to external certification, we seek to develop lifelong learners who are spiritually, culturally, digitally and financially literate, in addition to understanding how to remain healthy and safe through their lifestyle choices.

Our Quality First Teaching Principles:

  • Highly focused lesson design with sharp learning objectives
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
  • High levels of interaction for all pupils
  • Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher
  • An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
  • Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils

Curriculum vision

Intent

Curriculum vision: The history curriculum aims to develop an understanding of global history since the Middle Ages and the skills with which to interpret these events, including the ability to evaluate source material and explain different interpretations of the past. We begin Year 7 with a focus on historical skills and these skills are reinforced as we continue our studies. Throughout KS3 we learn about monarchy, empire, conflict and how society has changed over time. Students will develop their understanding of the past through historical sources as well as reading the works of different historians. If students continue to study history at GCSE they will build on these skills as they study a variety of interesting topics. Our main aim is to encourage our students to become historians who are able to think critically about the past and the present.

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Year 7

Historical skills/The Normans/Crusades

We begin our time in history by providing a basis of historical skills that will be built upon as the years progress. We then put these skills to immediate use by investigating Norman England and the Crusades. The allows students to investigate events close to home and in the wider world.

Tudor Society/The Renaissance/ The Reformation

Students progress into a truly representative and diverse investigation into the past by exploring Tudor Society. – We explore; poverty, disability and the lives of Black Tudors in this module. We then explore how the Renaissance has shaped the modern world and how this links to our following topic of the Reformation. These lessons develop knowledge and introduce second order concepts such as change and continuity.

The 18thC/ Civil War/ Mughal India

Similar to our first term, we explore events in England and in the wider world with Mughal India. We then compare our learning in Mughal India with our previous knowledge of the Tudors. This uses the second order concept of comparing and contrasting. Students will analyse the significance of events and apply their knowledge as they would do in GCSE.

Year 8

Early Empires/Transatlantic Slavery

Students begin an investigation into the concept of Empires and what impact they have had on the wider world. We explore Empire building such as Medieval Mali and Benin and consider how these great empires eventually collapse. This then allows students to understand the conditions of Africa that led to the development of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Migration

This module allows students to explore the events that have helped shaped the modern world. We also revisit these themes when we explore Elizabethan England in GCSE and also in A-Level. Students gain an understanding of factors that motivated migration around the world and how this migration is still having an impact today. This ranges from the Huguenots all the way to the Windrush migration.

World War One/Holocaust

In a new approach to investigating the First World War, we move beyond the battles so that we can revisit our earlier themes of empire and migration. Students will explore how the British Empire played a critical role in the Allied Victory in World War One. We then explore the Holocaust and the factors leading up to this event and how it is still debated in historiography today.

Year 9

Rights and Revolutions

In this term we look at the struggle for civil rights in Britain after the Second World War. This is followed by a comparison of revolutions through time when we look for similarities and differences. This is preparation for the beginning of the GCSE study.

Changes in health and medicine

Students will learn about the causes and treatments of disease over time. They will also investigate different methods of prevention of disease since the Middle Ages. Throughout these lessons, students will not only develop their knowledge but also complete GCSE style questions.

Changes in health and medicine

Students find out how medical knowledge has developed from herbal remedies to DNA and how each step in knowledge has improved our medical care. Students will also look at public health including the creation of the NHS. The course ends with an investigation into Florence Nightingale and the hospital at Scutari.

Year 10

Germany 1919-1939

Students study a key period in 20th century history as they investigate developments in Germany between the wars. They look at the consequences of defeat in 1918, the Weimar period as Germany began to rebuild and the rise of the Nazis to power and the impact of their government on German society.

USA 1929-2000

This course focuses on the key trends and turning points that have affected the development of the USA between1929 and 2000. This includes recovery from the Depression, the civil rights movement and developments in music, entertainment and youth culture.

 

 

USA 1929-2000

Students will examine the major political,

social, economic and cultural perspectives which have affected the lives of the American people over the whole of this period. This includes the struggle for women’s rights, the Vietnam War and the struggle for peace since the 1970s.

Year 11

Elizabeth I

Students will study issues relating to the history of England during the Elizabethan Age, from 1558 to 1603. Students will find out how life differed for the rich and poor, what the most popular types of entertainment were, and how successfully Elizabeth dealt with her religious problems.

Elizabeth I and Revision

Students complete their study of the reign of Elizabeth I by looking at the Spanish Armada and how England were able to defeat the Spanish.

Following the completion of the course, students will begin their programme of structured revision.

Exam preparation

This term sees our final exam preparation and the assessments.

Impact

The impact of the curriculum is to prepare students for the next phase of their educational journey by providing them with the skills they will need in order to flourish at A Level, further study or in the world of work. This extends beyond the requirements of the GCSE as we seek to encourage critical thinking and debate. Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and present arguments clearly and concisely.  They will have improved their oracy and literacy through the written and presentation work completed regularly in lessons. In addition to these skills, students will finish their GCSE with a far deeper understanding of the world in which we live.