History

In the History department we believe that a high quality and creative history education will help pupils gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past as well as the world in which we live.  We aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity by asking questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments to develop their own perspective and judgements. 

The Aims of the New National Curriculum for History are to ensure that all pupils:- 

Know and understand the History of the British Isles, as a clear chronological narrative, and how people’s lives have shaped Britain as well as how Britain has been influenced by the wider world. 

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, the nature of ancient civilisations, the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies and the achievements and follies of mankind. 

Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’, and ‘peasantry’. 

Understand 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 and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses. 

Understand the methods of historical enquiry and discern how and why arguments and interpretations in the past have been constructed. 

Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different context, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history.

 

Key Stage 2 

In Years 5 and 6 pupils have ‘Humanities classes’ which are a combination of History and Geography.  They have two hours a week.  They study three topics a year.  At the end of each topic, pupils will have a formal test to test their understanding. Pupils are given 30 minutes of homework week.   In the spring term, pupils in year 6 will focus on their SATS revision for their homework and will be given additional English tasks that will link in with their History topic. 

By the end of Keys stage 2 all pupils should be able to:- 

Develop a Chronological history – using timelines and narratives within the periods they have studied. 

Knowledge and Understanding – they should be able to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and use appropriate historical terms. 

Evaluate – regularly assess sources as evidence and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance. 

Year Group

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

5

Games and Leisure

Pupils will look at how games and leisure have changed throughout history.

Including a Local History study.

Ancient Civilisations

Pupils will compare different civilisations from Ancient Egypt to Greece.

Invaders and Settlers

Pupils will look at the invaders and settlers of Britain, including the Celts, Vikings and Saxons.  They will look at the changes they made and the traditions they left.

6

Roman Britain

Pupils will look at the Roman settlement in Britain, and the downfall of the Roman Empire.

WW2 Europe

What was life like for children in England, Germany and France?

North and South American peoples

Pupils study the peoples of the Americas.

Respond – Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

 

 

Key Stage 3 

In Year 7 and 8 pupils have 2 lessons of History per week.  Pupils are taught 6 modules a year.  At the end of each module pupils will be given a formal test to test their skills, knowledge and understanding.     

They are given 1 homework a week.  Some pupils may also be invited to complete an extended Project analysing an aspect of the topic or theme in further detail.

Year Group

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Topic 6

 

 

 

Year 7

The Norman Conquest

How and why did the Normans invade England?

What did William do to gain control?

Rise of Islam

What was Islam in the middle ages? What were the Crusades? What were the effects of the crusades?

Medieval Society

What was life like for the poor? How did Towns become cities?

The hundred year’s war.

What happened in Scotland and Wales?

The Tudors

What was the War of the Roses?

The Tudor Dynasty.

Travel and discovery.

Elizabethans

The rise of the monarchy.

Rule Britannia?

 

Mughal Empire

Comparing two societies: Elizabethan and Mughal empire – Barbar and Elizabeth.

 

 

Extended Homework Project : Life in a medieval Castle

 

Extended Homework Essay:  How did life change for the common man?

Year 8

 

Slavery

Pupils look at the events that led to the emancipation of Slavery in England.

The Stuarts

Gunpowder plot and treason!

 The Civil War.

The Interregnum

Revolution

The French Revolution

The American war of Independence.

 

Indian Independence

Ghandi, independence and Civil rights.

The British Empire

The industrial Revolution.

The Suffragettes

Why do Empires fall?

The Roman and British Empire.

 

 

 

Extended Homework Essay: Cromwell: Protector or Dictator?

 

Extended Homework Project:  Significant person : Travel or invention.

 

By the end of Keys Stage 3 all pupils should be able to:-

Extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning.

Identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.

Use correct historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways.

They pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response.

Understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

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