Head of History: James Fairclough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Provide a curriculum for learners of all abilities and backgrounds that will provoke curiosity, wonder, and interest in the history of the country, but also of different parts of the world. The curriculum features a breadth of history to enable students to see a clear sense of chronological progression, while having enough depth to enable debate, interpretation and decision making. Important historical and literacy skills will be embedded throughout the curriculum to prepare students for KS4 and KS5, but also in preparation of other subjects and future careers.
History has previously offered several trips to enable students to develop their love and passion for the subject. We have routinely offered a Battlefields Trip to students in the Summer of Year 9, with extensive tours of both the Somme and Ypres battlefields – alongside swimming and a tour around Bruges. We also offer a site study to Key Stage 4 units to Goodrich Castle as part of their History Around Us tour. We want to increase our extra-curricular activities for students going forward, to develop their understanding of their local and national history.
The Big Picture
Our Key Stage 3 provision is 3 hours per fortnight. Students will study most units in a chronological order to help them develop a sense of historical period and better understand the history of both Britain, and the world. In Year 7 students focus mainly on the Medieval Period after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 until 1500, whilst Year 8 students investigate the rich history of the Early Modern and Industrial periods from 1500-1900. Year 9 pupils study the shifting political and social landscape of the 20th century, with a focus on the World Wars, fight for human rights and the horrors of the Holocaust.