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History

History Curriculum Statement  

Intent 

A student of History will learn the skills that are required to be a true historian. They will learn to retain and recall the vast wealth of subject knowledge surrounding the past of Britain and the wider world. They will study sources and interpretations and develop perspective and judgements. They will be intellectually challenged in order to address the process of change and diversity of societies. This is the intent of the History curriculum – to develop and nurture true historians who can play a meaningful role in the local, national and international community through their understanding of their own identity and the challenges of their time.  

The History curriculum will: 

  • Encourage the development of the Academy’s values: wisdom, curiosity, generosity, courage and passion. 

  • ensure that pupils are challenged, engaged and motivated to be able: 

  • at a personal level, to develop increasing levels of self-worth and cultural capital 

  • at an economic level, to contribute to the increasingly complex world of work 

  • at a societal level, to play a meaningful role in their local, national and international communities. 

  • Provide a coherent knowledge base that is appropriately powerful, transferable and intelligently sequenced, thereby enabling pupils to retain and recall knowledge, develop understanding and apply skills. 

  • Grant access to a vast array of source material in order to develop analysis and evaluation skills 

  • Provide a meaningful experience that can be used to build wider cultural capital and cognitive ability. 

  • Encourage independent research into wider topic areas to give a sense of the vast nature of history. 

  • Celebrate pupil activities within and beyond formal timetabled arrangements that are memorable, inspiring and life-changing. 

Implementation 

To implement the intended curriculum, a number conceptual and organisational frameworks are used: 

  • Curriculum flightpaths identifies key knowledge and concepts throughout a students journey

  • Departmental SOWs balance knowledge and skills, carefully building components to create composite learning  

  • Departmental curriculum review frameworks which supports the review of the curriculum offer and assessment practice. 

  • Maximising Learning provides a supportive framework for the wider development of effective pedagogical approaches. 

  • Language for Learning provides a framework to create and refine successful approaches to the teaching of Reading, Writing and Speaking.  

  • Maximising Effectiveness provides a suite of CPD opportunities for staff within the academy to further generate an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of their professional practice. 

Impact 

The department’s continued focus on the curriculum improves: 

  • the quality of education for all learners and groups of learners 

  • the personal development and well-being of learners 

  • the chances for pupils to move successfully onto the next stage of their lives. 

  • The cultural, economic and societal capital to become citizens of the world