"What is history but a fable agreed upon?" - Karl Marx
Subject Leader for Humanities
The curriculum intent of the History department actively supports the overall aims and vision for the whole school’s curriculum. The Mandeville School's history curriculum offers students the opportunity to engage with past events and society through a wide range of resources and writers. Today, Britain is a multicultural society and our history curriculum aims to reflect the dynamic relationships of different cultures and their influence on each other. For example, this is a continuous theme in Year 8. The curriculum explores Britain’s influence abroad through such events as the slave trade and empire building. It also explores the impact of other cultures on Britain as students learn about immigration. It is our aim to show students many different ways the past has been projected to us, for example through academic historians, historical novels and graphic novels. These writing styles are being introduced into some units in Year 7 and 8 and more will be introduced in the near future. Our history curriculum seeks to support the literacy skills of our students through extended reading. Wider reading will develop students' vocabulary, contextual knowledge and historical understanding, which in turn will support extended writing.
The history curriculum aims to have a stronger focus on the historical role of women. A new unit has been introduced in Year 7 looking at a range of significant women through history as influencers of change and the 'women’s story' is often marginalised. In Year 8 this theme develops as students learn about different women through time and also how women have interpreted the past.
Starting in September 2020, our Year 9 course will explore some ancient history in the Cleopatra unit, Viking history and the Mughal Empire from the OCR course. We are very excited to be developing our new range of topics.
Our Key Stage 4 students study topics from the Edexcel exam board. Our topics reflect current world issues, such as the role America plays in foreign policy, the clash of eastern and western cultures in the war on terror and the importance of democracy, and British values of tolerance. In order to consolidate learning of the 'Medicine through Time' course, students have visited the Old Operating Theatre museum where they had a lesson in the oldest operating theatre in Europe. Trips are so important and we aim to enthuse the students so they want to enrol on them. If more students enrol on trips then we can expand our repertoire and explore exciting places to learn about past events and societies.
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 teacher expertise by introducing topics about the rise and fall of fascism in Italy and the divisions between East and West Germany, 1918-1989.
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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