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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 and engaging curriculum with high aspirations to meet all students' individual needs. Our intent is to provide our students with transferable skills to equip them for their next steps post-16, whilst also sparking a life-long interest in History, to enable them to discover and engage with the challenging world in which we live.

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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 encompases 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.  History topics covered are:

Reception

  • Dinosaurs

  • How beaches have changed over time.

Year 1

  • Prehistoric Britain

  • Transport

  • Kings and Queens

Year 2

  • Victorians

  • The Great Fire of London

 

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 encompasses 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.

History Topics covered are:

Year 3

  • Stone Age

  • Shang Dynasty

  • Ancient Egypt

Year 4

  • Time Cop - Ancient Greece

  • Roman Britain

Year 5

  • Medieval Monarchs

  • Vikings

  • Middle East

Year 6

  • Industrial Revolution

  • Twentieth Century Conflict

  • Civil Rights

 

Key Stage 3

Our aim is for students at KS3 to learn about important events and individuals which have shaped the History of Britain and the wider world encouraging students to make explicit links to their own lives and the world they live in today. This will enable them to have a foundation of knowledge and understanding which they can build on at KS4. 

Year 7

  •  The Norman Conquest

  • Medieval England and The Tudors

  • The Gunpowder Plot and The Industrial Revolution       

Year 8

  • The Industrial Revolution                   

  •  The First World War

  • World War 2 (Russia’s Role)

  • Life in Medieval England

Year  9 

  • Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

  • Germany 1875-1945

  • Germany


 

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, the students follow the AQA course studying Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship, Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939, Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day and Norman England, c1066–c1100. By studying these engaging and relevant topics, they will continue to develop transferable skills embedded in KS3 in preparation for their next steps post-16.

Year 10

  • Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship                                              Norman England, c1066–c1100

  • Normans

  • Normans/review of health and the people

Year 11

  • Interleaved revision Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship, Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975, Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day Norman England, c1066–c1100

  • Health and the Normans

  • "Revision

  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 interleaved

The History Team

  • Mr McConnell - Subject Coordinator

  • Mr Tom Parkes - Head of History

  • Mrs Miles-Simmonite  - History Teacher

  • Miss Jewkes - Primary History Lead