Curriculum rationale in: History
We deliver a two year Key Stage 3 programme in history following the national curriculum in England. The content allows students to gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach the chronological period from Medieval England (1066) to the present day; some aspects are covered in depth while others are approached as an overview. The programme of study includes: Norman England, Medieval England, The Tudors and Stuarts, Industrial Revolution, Slavery and Empire, World War One and World War Two. A study of the Industrial Revolution and of Kenilworth Castle helps students to make connections between their local history and national and international history. A study of Mughul India within the British Empire allows some of our students to make complex connections with their own heritage.
Our curriculum aims to inspire students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop judgement. Consequently, we teach the skills to allow students to create their own structured narratives and explanations of continuity, change, cause and consequence. They start to analyse and evaluate the significance of people and events. In addition, students learn how to critically analyse and evaluate historical source evidence and interpretations of past events.
The assessment and exam questions from Key Stage 3 use the same question stems as the GCSE, as we like to prepare them at an early stage for the rigours of GCSE. Through Key Stage 4 they develop their skills further and learn how to access higher levels of response. Their explanations become more sophisticated and complex; they start to make substantiated judgements about interpretations.
We have chosen the AQA History GCSE as we believe that it offers our students the best opportunity to perform well and reach their potential. The content and assessment objectives (skills) are very clear and we have been able to deliver lessons that have led to outstanding exam results.
The new GCSE has led to a doubling in the amount of content to be delivered and our students have benefitted from starting the GCSE in Year 9 (foundation year) and having three years to prepare. In June of Year 11 students will sit two exams, each lasting two hours and having equal weighting:
Paper 1 Section A: America, 1840 – 1895 Expansion and Consolidation
Paper 1 Section B: Conflict and Tension, 1918 -1939.
Paper 2 Section A: Britain, Health and the People c1000 to the Present Day
Paper 2 Section B: Norman England, 1066 – 1100