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Curriculum Intent Statement

The aim of the history curriculum is to foster students’ curiosity about the past; how people lived, what they believed, and the major events and ideas, both domestically and globally that shaped their lives and communities. The history curriculum plays a part in enabling students to gain the knowledge required to make sense of and improve the world, growing into useful and informed citizens who understand one another. The history curriculum can also ‘lift children and young people out of their lived experience’ and aims to nurture curiosity of the wider world and the changing role of Britain within it. This is taught by developing a secure chronological understanding, in parallel with developing understanding of historical concepts that support the whole school curriculum objective of preparing learners to become confident critical thinkers who can embrace the challenges of our ever-changing global society.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

How did power and religion shape peoples’ lives from the 11th to the 16th century? Investigating the Norman Conquest, Life in the Middle Ages and the Reformation.

Year 7 Curriculum

Year 8

How did political, social and economic change shape peoples' lives from the 16th to the 20th centuries? Investigating the Industrial Revolution, British Empire, the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and World War 1.

Year 8 Curriculum

Year 9

How did different ideas and ideologies shape peoples' lives in the 20th century? Investigating the impact communism and fascism had on the 20th century, including World War II, the Holocaust and the Cold War.

Year 9 Curriculum

Key Stage 4

Year 10 Curriculum

Year 11 Curriculum

Current GCSE specification below:-

Exam board: EDEXCEL

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. 30%

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91. 20% and 20%

Paper 3: The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad. 30%

Qualification website:

Pearson Edexcel History

Assessment Skills:

AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

AO2 - Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second- order historical concepts, such as: causation, consequence, similarity, difference, change, continuity and significance.

AO3 - Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4 - Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical

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