"What is history but a fable agreed upon?" - Karl Marx
The history curriculum has been designed to enhance the knowledge and cultural capital students need to succeed in life. Students have the opportunity to engage with past events and society through a wide range of resources and learning activities. The past events chosen in our curriculum highlight aspects of modern life to enable understanding of core British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect.
Today, Britain has a culturally diverse society and our history curriculum aims to reflect the dynamic relationships of different cultures and their influence on each other. It also explores the impact of other cultures on Britain as students learn about social, political and economic changes. The students are encouraged to ask questions in order to deepen their understanding of diversity, respect and difference. Our curriculum enhances student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
It is our aim to show students many different ways the past has been projected to us through a range a media. It is important for our students to widen their vocabulary by exploring a range of historical sources, interpretations and representations. We aim to support the literacy and comprehension skills of our students through wider reading of challenging texts. Wider reading will develop students' vocabulary, contextual knowledge and historical understanding, which in turn will support extended writing skills.
This year, our curriculum has a stronger focus on the historical role of women. We aim to promote women as leaders, innovators and change makers. Students will explore different sources, interpretations and representations about women and by women.
In Key Stage 3 and 4 students are given homework which explores topics taught in the classroom and requires them to expand their knowledge through activities and research.
The History Department looks forward to re-establishing a Key Stage 5 course. We would like to utilise our teachers’ expertise to offer an inspiring course.
Here you can find the curriculum maps for History for the academic year 2019-20. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 sections. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.
Key Stage 3
- How do we become a good historian?
- How did William the Conqueror transform England?
- Was life really 'measly' during the Middle Ages?
- How was the power of the king challenged during the Medieval period?
- Were the Dark Ages really that dark?
- What about 'her' story?
- What is the role of the historian?
- How have interpretations of the First World War changed over time?
- Immigration Nation: Is Britain tolerant?
- How has anti-Semitism changed over time?
- America: Land of the free?
- Why were there so many significant genocides in the 20th century?
- How did protest lead to more equality throughout the 20th century?
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
All information is subject to change
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