What is our curriculum intent?

Our intent is to enable all students to become subject experts by developing across our ‘Big Ideas’:

  • Chronology: The study of dates and events
  • Causation: The relationship between causes and effects in History
  • Change: The impact of change on History
  • Significance: The importance of key events in History
  • Interpretation: How events in History have been interpreted

We also ask the following thematic questions across the periods studied in Key Stage 3:

  • How do rulers control their people?
  • How do people protest?
  • What causes war?
  • How can people’s beliefs and ideas change the course of History?
  • How has everyday life changed over time?

How do we implement our curriculum?

1. Through what we teach, when, as laid out below:

Year 7:

Unit 1 – Measuring Time and Roman Britain

Unit 2 – The Norman Conquest

Unit 3 – Medieval Life

Unit 4 – Tudor England

Year 8:

Tudor England

Stuart England

The Industrial Revolution

Year 9:

Black Peoples of the Americas

World War One

USA 1920s and 30s

Nazi Germany

World War II and  post 1945 world

2. Through how we group students

Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

3. Through the homework we set

It is important that students are using Key Stage 3 to train themselves in effective learning habits so that they are prepared for the rigour of GCSE study. Homework is therefore important in History and may take one of the following formats:

  • Consolidating learning from the lesson
  • Preparing for a future lesson
  • Learning information
  • Preparing for or completing an assessment
  • Undertaking an independent research task