Lower school curriculum:
Our curriculum is in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Key content is specified on the “knowledge organisers” which are provided to pupils in lessons, and are available on our website. We strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a combination of local, national and international depth-studies as well as thematic studies, to help pupils to understand their place in the world that they live in. Within this, we are passionate about equality and diversity and seek to be informed by the most recent historical scholarship to provide examples that honestly and accurately reflect the vast range of experiences in the past and the present.
As well as the specific knowledge, examples, facts and statistics that enable pupils to analyse the past for themselves, studying History effectively requires a rich understanding of substantive concepts. These are the concepts concerned with the subject matter of history – the substance about which pupils are learning. Some of these concepts (such as ‘the Church’ or ‘revolution’) may be studied in one particular context (for example, England during the reign of Henry VIII), and also have a much wider application and are applied in many contexts.
Our curriculum is planned to carefully build knowledge of these concepts across Years 7 to 11, from understanding their meaning in one context to understanding how that meaning changes over time and in different contexts.
Studying History is far more than simple identification and regurgitation of factual knowledge. Our curriculum is built around the following disciplinary concepts, and pupils are supported in developing their ability to describe, explain and analyse each of these, and to communicate it effectively:
Use of evidence, significance, similarity / difference, causation, consequences, interpretations of the past, change and continuity.
Our homework tasks follow three main strands. Further homework tasks will be set as determined by the class teacher.
Knowledge recall quizzes, to support pupils with retaining and revising key factual knowledge
Extended projects, to support pupils with applying their enthusiasm in individual ways
Reading for pleasure and reading for further breadth and depth of knowledge
OCR Ancient History
Mr T Leather – Leader of History Faculty email: email@example.com
Mr G Davey – Second in History Faculty
Miss S Carter – Teacher
Mr C Nellis – Teacher
Mr C Bratherton – Teacher