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History fires students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps students develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.

As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgments they make. They appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance.

History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.

Key Stage 3 curriculum and assessment

Students will study the Cabot Learning Federation KS3 history curriculum and will undertake a number of different enquiries across the three year KS3 period.

Year 7 history students will investigate a number of different aspects of European and world history and will seek to answer the following enquiry questions:

  • How accurate was Simon Schama’s interpretation of the Battle of Hastings?
  • What was it like to live in medieval England?
  • How did medieval people respond to the Black Death?
  • Meanwhile elsewhere, what was happening in the Islamic world?
  • What changed in the Reformation?
  • Which was the greatest invention before 1500?

Students will be assessed throughout the year and will complete two formal written assessment points.

Key Stage 4 curriculum and assessment

We study the Edexcel GCSE history specification

Topics studied include:

Paper 1
Crime and Punishment through time c1000-present

Paper 2
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Paper 3
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Pathways beyond school – where could this subject take you?

Many employers and university admission tutors regard History GCSE very highly as it teaches skills of analysis, selecting relevant evidence to support your ideas, and studying changes in society and culture. There are many career pathways for which History would be specifically beneficial, such as politics, law, journalism, teaching, the Armed Forces, heritage site and museum work, clerical work, and many more.

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