History is the key to decoding the world around you. We provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the past, examine how it is shaping our present and explore the impact it will have on the future.
Developing and embedding a progressive history curriculum through enquiry-based learning is key to our history curriculum. This begins in primary and through to secondary, allowing students to become well- rounded historians, whether the students conclude at key stage 3 or 4 with us. Our curriculum is responding to the needs of our community, social needs and expectations, whilst still adhering to the national curriculum. As such our curriculum is undergoing a process of development to ensure that it incorporates a range of world views, perspectives and voices. Our students are able to see themselves in our curriculum so that it is relevant, engaging and interesting to them – they are learning about their history in a way that resonates personally with them . Students are encouraged to think like a historian; asking a key question and striving to develop their intellectual curiosity and ability to think critically. By looking at the world through a variety of lenses, students will explore the political, social, religious and economic impact of historical events and significant figures. They are encouraged to make links and recognise how the challenges of the past can still affect the world today.
History is delivered to inspire further learning, maximizing opportunities for cross-phase and cross-curricular study. Vocabulary is placed at the heart of our History curriculum with texts being carefully chosen for students to study alongside History in a purposeful and contextualised way. From EYFS to GCSE the teaching within the subject is designed to build on prior knowledge and experiences, steadily increasing the depth and richness of student vocabulary and knowledge so that our learners become articulate and fluent historians.
Starting with the fundamental concept of inference during their time in the academy, students will encounter a range of images, texts, artefacts and interpretations, developing historical skills and a greater awareness of chronology and the process of change. Over time key knowledge and concepts will be revisited, embedded and extended so that students can critically weigh up evidence, examine arguments and develop their own historical judgements.