Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to become well-rounded and passionate historians who think critically about the world they inhabit. They will develop an understanding of how our history forms our sense of identity and place in the world, and through studying a range of periods and peoples will become more empathetic and open-minded. Our teaching will ensure students are able to consider a range of perspectives and develop the ability to make balanced arguments and well sustained judgements. They will gain an in-depth understanding of a range of events and issues throughout history and build their historical literacy and conceptual understanding, ensuring they can positively encounter and understand the dynamics of the modern world.
Our curriculum will ensure all historians develop a passion for learning about history. They will have the ability to explain and analyse historical sources and periods studied (contemporary to the present) using second-order historical concepts. They will develop their analytical thinking skills and become independent learners who are inquisitive and ask thoughtful, probing questions about historical events. We will foster an enthusiasm for our discipline and subsequently prepare our students for further education and potentially careers in related fields.
KS3 (Years 7 & 8)
In Years 7 and 8, students will study a variety of topics to introduce them to key historical skills and ideas.
As an academy, we have the option to create our own curriculum rather than follow the national curriculum, however, we do follow this closely and strongly believe in the following aims:
- Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
- Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
- Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
- Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed in History.
- Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long-term timescales.
Students will sit an end-of-term assessment towards the end of each half-term. This assessment will help provide further feedback that the students can use constructively to improve their work further. Students are encouraged to reflect on their work so that they can improve further. These assessments will follow content set out below and build towards the skills needed for students to progress at KS4 which follows the AQA specification for History.
KS4 10 & 11
Students who pick GCSE History as an option will be able to study a number of topics designed to give them the wider knowledge that is required for them to better understand the topics that are examined at the end of Year 11.