Our vision is to present students with the information they need to help them understand the history of these islands in a coherent, chronological narrative, from 1066 to the present day.
To enable students to understand how the lives of the people living on this island, and in other parts of the world linked to Britain, have been affected and shaped by key historical events so that they can understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
To enable students to understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world including the achievements and follies of mankind such as the trans-Atlantic slave trade and major conflicts such as the First and Second World Wars.
To enable students to gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘feudalism’ ‘democracy’ ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ and historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions
To provide students with the skills needed to create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
To enable students to understand and be able to deploy the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is tested to make historical claims, and to discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
To enable students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
To promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of every student and to develop British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
To engage students in learning which is enjoyable, stimulating and relevant to students now and for the future by exploring the history of modern day problems such as slavery, racism and anti-Semitism.
To enable students to develop knowledge, display and understanding of concepts and acquire skills so that they are able to choose and apply these in relevant situations; and to instil an aspirational mindset
To encourage and promote a positive attitude towards learning; pride in their own progress and achievement; and a strong work ethic, through providing a curriculum which offers opportunity to celebrate and share success: valuing attainment, progress and effort equally
To ensure that students of all abilities have equal access to learning, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support
To ensure that all terms and skills will be taught to all students so that no one is at a disadvantage because of the quality and curriculum of their experience of History at KS1 and 2.
To provide an engaging way of covering the statutory aspects of the National Curriculum which will not be a compromise as these depth studies will be clearly linked to the ‘Bigger Picture’ lessons and activities.
To cover key events and developments within the following studies: Life in Medieval England; Living Through the Industrial Revolution; The Fight for Female Suffrage; Dictatorship in the first half of the 20th Century; The Holocaust.
To seamlessly link Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 in Year 9 so that essential events such as the Holocaust and the rise of dictatorships will be studied when the students are at an appropriate age to understand and so that all students will learn about these events even if they do not opt to continue History in Year 10. This is essential so that current issues so as anti-Semitism and political extremism are given a proper historical context.