History

History 

A summary of KS3 and its relevance

History is a non-core subject on the National curriculum that is studied by all pupils up to Year 8 and is a part of the E-Bac at KS4.  Across years 5 – 8 pupils develop their knowledge of the past and develop key skills in understanding and interpreting Historical sources. Important for success in History is a pupil’s ability to communicate their ideas and opinions in a written format.

Pupils should be enabled to see the present in the context of the past. They should be encouraged to develop a respect for the people in the past and begin to understand them on their own terms.

  • Pupils should be engaged and find enjoyment in the study of History. Pupils should be inspired to continue their interest in history.
  • Pupils should have the ability to use information critically no matter the source. This is vital when interpreting the news media, reading books or even in conversation.
  • Pupils should be able to see both sides of a given situation and construct effective arguments for either side.

Every Key Stage 3 curriculum unit includes a formal assessment at the end of the unit as well as assessed class work throughout the unit.

A summary of the skills acquired

  • Pupils should be enabled to see the present in the context of the past. They should be encouraged to develop a respect for the people in the past and begin to understand them on their own terms.
  • Pupils should be engaged and find enjoyment in the study of History.
  • Pupils should be inspired to continue their interest in history.
  • Pupils should have the ability to use information critically no matter the source. This is vital when interpreting the news media, reading books or even in conversation.
  • Pupils should be able to see both sides of a given situation and construct effective arguments for either side.

History develops the ability for pupils to think freely. Because history is such a broad subject with links to a range of social sciences, pupils have opportunities to pursue their own interests and ideas. They can test hypotheses, develop opinions, and be challenged on a wide range of topics. There is always something which will interest pupils in History because it involves the whole of human experience.

History provides a wide skill set. Pupils are equipped with a skill set which ranges from the art of writing to the science of source analysis and back again. These are highly valuable skills which do not become outdated. They help pupils to show that they are well-rounded and employable people. Pupils should be exposed to a range of cultures and experiences beyond their own lives – this helps to promote understanding and tolerance. 

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Romans
  • Medieval Realms

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Topics covered in Year 8

  • Conflict (World War 1)
  • African Empires and Slavery
  • The 20th Century World

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