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History

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. 

Maya Angelou

INTENT

History offers an inclusive curriculum with high aspirations to meet all students' individual needs through developing independence and a healthy curiosity through interesting and engaging learning throughout their journey through a range of historical eras and themes. Students are to discover their place in history and history’s place in the world through understanding of past and present, whilst understanding their relation within each other. History promotes an inquisitive mindset which enables students to discover and engage with the challenging world in which we live. 

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of History teaching in key stage 1 is to enable students to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. 

In Primary, we currently cover humanities as a broader subject which also encompass Geography, Science and Enterprise. As part of the History side of humanities, children study two topics per academic year which are linked to an overarching curriculum topic.

Key Stage 2

In key stage 2, pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms and they should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

As in Key Stage 1, History in KS2 is part of a much broader subject of humanities which also encompass Geography, Science and Enterprise. As part of the History side of humanities, children study two topics per academic year which are linked to an overarching curriculum topic.

In Year 4, children will follow the new AAT ‘No Limits’ curriculum.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students cover a curriculum of  Students start to learn the key skills of essay writing and analysing sources and interpretations and background information to enable them to access the KS4 content. 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA course

 

The History Team

  • Mr McConnell - Subject Coordinator

  • Mr Tom Parks - Deputy Subject Coordinator

  • Mrs Miles-Simmonite  - History Teacher

  • Miss Jewkes - Primary History Lead