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Intent Statement

History at The Mandeville School aims to provide learners with essential knowledge and skills to navigate an increasingly changing world. For us here, history is all about being relevant to the lives of our learners and bringing the past to life. We study history chronologically to build on contextual knowledge over time and overlearn our seven key concepts to secure understanding. While most of our curriculum focuses on British history we also cover a breadth of topics and cultures including Germany, America and the Native Americans. We encourage and celebrate diversity by teaching the history of marginalised groups throughout our curriculum rather than as separate stand-alone topics. In a world where misinformation is able to spread rapidly, we feel it is our duty to give learners the tools to dissect and evaluate anything they encounter to come to their own informed judgements.

Links to the whole school curriculum

The History curriculum is aligned to the whole school Curriculum. The History curriculum is designed to establish a kind community where everyone perseveres, achieves and flourishes; where we enable all the experience life to the full. In the History department we maintain the Mandeville School Curriculum Principles:

A kind community through a curriculum that respects the diversity of our school, valuing our rich knowledge, history and experiences.

Perseverance and achievement through a curriculum that is well sequenced, developing understanding, building retention and leading to academic achievement. Firm foundations in a three-year Key Stage 3 provide grounding for success in Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and beyond.

Flourishing through a curriculum that nourishes personal development by giving students opportunities to explore their identity and grow their character. Students are equipped with knowledge of how to be healthy, sustain positive relationships and maintain wellbeing so as to have the information needed to be able to make an effective contribution to society.

Enabling students to experience life to the full through a curriculum that inspires and enriches them with meaningful knowledge and cultural capital. High aspirations mean students study a broad range of subjects in Key Stage 3 and have a variety of routes through Key Stage 4 and 5 which are challenging and aspirational.


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