The History Curriculum
In History students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the past both locally, nationally and globally. Students will obtain powerful knowledge to help them understand their world they live in. Within the subject, they will develop their critical thinking, communication and analytical skills, which will prepare them for the wider world.
Details about the curriculum structure
Students, across all key stages, advance their understanding of the past through developing their knowledge around the key historical concepts within History. These include change and continuity, cause and consequence, significance, similarity and difference. Furthermore, all key stages are exposed to critical thinking via interrogation of sources and historical interpretations.
Key Stage 3
All students in KS3 have 4 hours across a fortnight of History lessons. Students are introduced to the key historical concepts and begin to build a coherent understanding of Britain’s History; this enables them to begin to sequence key events chronologically. Students will also begin to use historical interpretations and sources to help them begin to ask questions and think on a more critical level.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students have 5 hours across a fortnight of teaching. We study the Edexcel GCSE and within this we continue to develop students’ historical understanding within the concepts and apply these to new content areas. They also become more confident with using the historical interpretations and sources to ensure they are able to critically evaluate these. Students also investigate a historic environment, the WW1 Battlefields, where they are able to understand how History has impacted the world around them.
Key Stage 5
Students who continue with History at A-Level receive 8 hours a fortnight of lessons. These are divided between the key papers and modules, which continue to develop and challenge students’ historical thinking and skills. The students become more independent within Year 12 and 13, and are challenged to create their own historical investigation, evaluating historians’ interpretations through independent research.
What will students study?
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students, begin to develop their historical skills and understanding by studying the conquest of and migration to Britain up to 1066 and the changes experienced with each conquest. Students will be introduced to historical interpretations by focusing on life within Medieval England and the Islamic Empire leading to the Crusades. Moreover, their understanding of interpretations is developed further through the study of the Tudors and the religious changes that took place in the 16th Century. Finally, students focus on the consequences and significance of the Age of Exploration in the 17th & 18th Century, whereby they begin to comprehend the consequences of the British Empire.
By Year 8 students will focus on understanding the use of historical interpretations to help them investigate Britain’s role in the slave trade, the conditions of slavery and the aftermath of the slave trade. Historical skills are being furthered with the study of sources and investigating reliability and utility to the study of Jack the Ripper and the investigation of Whitechapel as a historical environment. Local history becomes the focus of students when they study WW1 and the consequence this had upon Leeds, at the time and beyond. With vital significance students study the Holocaust and develop their understanding of this event and the significance of this event within History and today.
Within Year 9 the challenge is increased, and students begin to independently analyse historical concepts, sources and interpretations. They are challenged to think about key historical concepts over the long term in a study of Protest over Time, linking this to society in modern day Britain. They will begin within Medieval England, focusing on the causes of protest and the consequences this had on the public. They will encounter the changes that developed in the Renaissance and how power started to transform from the government to the people. In the 18th & 19th Century, they will begin to look at the beginning of trade unionism and civil rights within Britain. Moreover, they will be challenged to think about the modern period and how the methods of protest have transformed over this period. Furthermore, in year 9 students will study 20th Century dictatorship, generating an understanding of the similarities and differences across the world of the control and ideologies of these influential individuals.
Key Stage 4
The students will interleave each week between two different content areas. One week they will study Anglo Saxon and Norman England, looking at the patterns of change and comparing the two periods after the turning point of the Battle of Hastings. At the same time, they will study Medicine through time, where they will focus on a development study about the development of Medicine from 1250 through to the present day. They will begin to analyse and explain significance, cause, consequence, similarity, and difference. Within this study, there will be focus on WW1 and the impact this had on Medicine.
Within Year 11 the students will study Weimar & Nazi Germany, focusing on developing the source and interpretation analysis skills, as well as an explanation of the causes and key features of the Nazi rule. Within Year 11, students will also study the American West. This will look at the development of this area and the consequences and significance of this movement. These will develop their understanding of the key content and their analysis of historical concepts.
Key Stage 5
Paper One is taught concurrently with Paper Two. Paper One focuses on Germany and West Germany from 1918-89 whereby they focus on the changes experienced over time and use this to interrogate and critically evaluate interpretations of Hitler’s foreign policy. Paper Two covers the Rise and Fall of Fascist Italy, this is the depth study where students cover the analysis of sources and extended written skills by evaluating the key events.
Within Paper Three, students focus on the Tudors; looking at the rebellions within this period, whereby they develop source analysis competencies and extended critical analysis of the key turning points within this period. Finally, students develop their own enquiry using historical interpretations, whereby they construct their own response to a historical debate.
Qualifications which we offer at KS4 and KS5
Key Stage 4
Edexcel GCSE History
Key Stage 5
Edexcel A-Level History
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities in the subject
Within the History curriculum, we offer enrichment opportunities within KS3 through History Club, whereby there is a focus on how history has helped to develop the local area. There are also opportunities with guest speakers, including a Holocaust survivor. Additionally, within KS4, students have the opportunity to go to the WW1 Battlefields in France and Belgium to build a holistic picture of the historic environment they study.
Where could this subject ultimately take you?
History is a subject highly regarded by both apprenticeships, universities and employers. The critical analysis skills that you will develop can enable progression into a wide variety of careers such as law, journalism and the media, marketing and business, management and teaching, as well as more specialist careers such as archaeology, historical research and museum curation.
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Contact details to find out more about our curriculum
Mr M Audsley: Programme Leader firstname.lastname@example.org