What is our vision in History?
In history, we want students to enjoy learning about and be inspired by some of the greatest stories ever told.
We believe history helps us understand the way the world is today and we focus on teaching history in a way which is relevant to the students’ lives today- the lives they live, how our countries are run and the events which shaped the world today. The skills we teach help students to think critically about the world around them, ask questions about what they read and hear and to weigh up the evidence in lively debate.
Students build a sound chronology of history through a rich curriculum that supports students in understanding key themes and concepts: beliefs, ordinary lives, power, and Britain’s role in the world.
Through the curriculum, students are encouraged to see the patterns that the past creates, analysing how the themes and concepts mean different things at different times. Students also examine historic evidence critically, using their knowledge to examine evidence for usefulness and in historical enquiry.
History is about people and we try to bring the past alive through role play and reenactments, the telling of forgotten stories and various trips; such as to the WW1 battlefields of Ypres and Hampton Court.
History at KS3
The curriculum provides an excellent grounding in the subject. An innovative, thematic approach has been adopted, allowing students to appreciate change over time and compare and contrast periods, whilst having a chronological understanding.
Support for students
History lessons are carefully differentiated and there is often an element of choice for individual lesson activities.
Written tasks, such as assessments, are supported with carefully planned and clear writing frames to help students achieve their bes
History at KS4
In Year 10 students cover the Cold War 1945 -1972 and the USA 1920 – 1973.
In Year 11 students cover Health and the People c1000 to the present day (history of medicine) and Elizabethan England.
Assessment is via two exams.
Extended Learning Opportunities in History
History runs a wide range of trips to complement the curriculum.
Support for students
How can parents and carers support learning ?
Parents / carers can play a huge role in supporting the study of History. Whether at KS3 or KS4, we would encourage you to ask what is currently being studied, prompt discussions of the key issues, and take an active interest. We are happy to recommend books, films, or trips that can support each element of the History curriculum and we would suggest that you start with the Super Curriculum first (KS3).