The History curriculum aims to ensure that all students have a secure knowledge and understanding of the past based upon a coherent, chronological narrative. To this extent, students across KS3 will study the history of Britain from Neolithic times to 20th Century, examining how people’s lives have changed over time and our relationship with other nations around the world. Students will also undertake studies of the wider world, in particular German and American history, examining key developments in the histories of both countries. The curriculum will also endeavour to explore the diversity of history, including topics on the Suffragettes, feminism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Within the study of History, students will be able to gain understanding of key historical terminology which they will be able to articulate in their lessons, for example ‘Medieval’ and ‘Renaissance’.
Throughout KS3 students will be able to gain an understanding of historical concepts, in particular cause and consequence, similarity and difference and significance. They will be given opportunities to practice extended pieces of writing based upon these concepts, and to use them to make connections and contrasts, and to develop their own narrative accounts and conclusions.
Throughout the History curriculum there is ample opportunity for students to understand the methods of historical enquiry. Students will undertake source based work, analysing the content and origin of evidence, and adding their contextual knowledge to support their answers. Students will also learn how to analyse and compare interpretations and explain why contrasting arguments about the past havebeen constructed.
By the end of KS3, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed with the rigorous requirements of the GCSE exams, whilst at the same time providing students with an engaging, rich and diverse curriculum.
Students learning will be checked regularly through knowledge tests in lessons, ensuring students have mastered an understanding of key sections of the curriculum before moving onto the next topic. Regular mini-assessments will take place in lessons which will focus on History assessment objectives, for example an analysis of a source or a essay question focusing on explanation techniques. Summative assessments will take place at the end of each half term, focusing on 3 key areas:
• A knowledge test
• A source or interpretation enquiry
• An extended piece of writing
Assessment data is used to judge the success of the curriculum, and any ‘gaps’ in learning will be identified and re-taught to ensure mastery of the curriculum.