The intent behind the History curriculum is that students develop a deep, long-lasting knowledge of the past and appreciate a time beyond their lived experience. The curriculum enables students to study an overarching narrative of British history and appreciate how the lives of people in Britain and around the world have changed over time. Students will learn about what people thought, felt, said and did and build a passion for knowledge of historical periods, people and events.
The curriculum is strategically planned through a chronologically sequenced curriculum structured so students can build their awareness of different time periods. Students learn how historians investigate the past using a range of different sources of evidence and how these can be open to interpretation. The development of literacy and vocabulary is central in being able to communicate knowledge effectively so that students can develop into accomplished readers and writers and acquire the skills to succeed in end of KS4 accreditation.
The study of History enables students to develop the critical skills needed to interpret historical sources and foster an appreciation of past times and their cultural heritage.
Students in KS3 study history topics in time order to assist with their understanding of chronology, building up their knowledge of the causes and consequences of key events in British and World history. Students use a range of historical sources to learn about life in the past and build up skills in assessing the value and importance of these sources. Students develop enquiry skills to answer increasingly complex historical questions and build up their understanding of how ideas, attitudes and beliefs have changed.