HISTORY

THE HISTORY CURRICULUM

Our ambition is for all students to appreciate history as our shared local, national and global story, and its centrality to understanding our identity and the world we inhabit. We give students an understanding of this narrative, allowing them to understand the complexities of constructing these narratives and making them able to question, challenge and reconstruct their understanding of their own heritage.

 

As we identify the key knowledge students should master in history we think carefully about how we want students to think as historians.  We want students to: 

  • Build their historical perspective by placing their understanding of the story of their locality, nation and of selected, significant global events into different contexts
  • Make connections between events to construct narratives which clearly show how and why history has taken a specific course
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry and critically appraise the contemporary and secondary interpretations that they are presented with using their knowledge of historical context
  • Discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • Construct convincing narratives using a combination of contemporary material and historical scholarship

 

The history curriculum is sequenced around the following key concepts:

  • War
  • Difference
  • Influence of technology/Scientific change
  • Leadership
  • Economic processes
  • Political processes
  • Social processes
  • Religious processes

 

Subjects include GCSE History and A-level History.

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