Welcome to History

Our intention in History is to deliver a challenging and knowledge rich curriculum that gives students a comprehensive understanding of the development of British History reaching back into antiquity. Through this we intend to build knowledgeable and naturally curious students that can progress successfully onto GCSE level and beyond.

 

Our curriculum is focused on providing students with a compelling chronological narrative of the key epochs in British and world history that devotes plenty of time to guided and independent reading to enhance their curiosity of what they are studying while working to further develop their reading ability. This is supplemented by extensive planned curriculum time to performance pieces that, with proper modelling and instruction, will give students the opportunity to demonstrate what they learn and to develop the skills good historians need. Such skills are cross curricular and will allow students to develop their English and language skills whilst giving them vital abilities that employers look for.

 

At Key Stage Three we have ensured we devote significant time to the required study of the Holocaust and in doing so aim to place the events within the proper historical context whilst giving student that chance to see the history of the Jewish people in Europe. Our broad and knowledge rich Key Stage Three curriculum embeds much of the key skills and knowledge taught and assessed at GCSE and so allows us to offer a full three year curriculum that gives all students the chance to study events as far reaching as classical Greece and international relations during the Cold War.

 

Our Key Stage Four topics were chosen to give students a holistic curriculum that offers further study of the history of other nations, in particular the formation and rise of Germany, whilst also allowing students to dig deeper into our own history to understand and analyse the change of Elizabeth I’s reign. The final Power and the People module gives students a broad understanding of the political and economic development of England and later Britain in an approach that road maps for students the development of Britain into a democratic constitutional monarchy.

 

At Key Stage Five we similarly allow for greater study of relevant world history. Students will take a depth study of Russia as the Tsarist system collapses and is replaced by the Soviet Union that rises to become one of two superpowers at the end of the Second World War. Students GCSE learning is embedded and built upon further with a broad study of the Industrial Revolution and its impacts with students answering the question of why there was no revolution in Britain.