Miss R Vaughan
The History Department supports the whole school curriculum intent statement by ensuring:
Students in KS3:
Should reach the expected standard (ES) by the end of Year 9. Therefore, all pupils are expected to:
• Develop their curiosity through historical enquiry. Each unit of work is framed with an enquiry question for pupils to answer
• Sequence events in chronological order
• Communicate and organise written work effectively, using subject specific terminology, paragraphs and the correct punctuation
• Identify change and continuity over time
• Clearly explain the significance of key dates, people, turning points and places
Are assessed through:
• A knowledge quiz end of each enquiry question. This requires pupils to recall core knowledge from the enquiry. Pupils will receive a raw score and percentage for this. The enquiry question is then addressed through a source-based task, a creative piece of work or a piece of extended writing.
Students in KS4:
• Develop a personal interest in why history matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
• Develop their knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history with an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes.
• Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context whilst actively engaging in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
Recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of history.
Students in KS5:
Additional support is offered by individual subject teachers should pupils require additional support outside of the taught lesson.
Pupils are frequently directed to something to watch, visit, listen to or read as part of our aim to enhance cultural capital.
Pupils could participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities (external visits) offered by the department. These include:
• Trips abroad: Berlin, Poland, the Battlefields, Dublin (on rotation)
• GCSE workshops: For example, School History Scene
• Visits to mark Holocaust memorial (Beth Shalom, Nottingham)
• Warwick Castle, the Black Country Museum
Possible areas of future study:
At university level:
American and Canadian Studies
Possible future careers:
Academic research, Accountancy, Archivist, Author, Civil servant, Communications Officer/Executive, Content Manager, Copywriter, Editor, Human Resources, Journalist, Law, Librarian, Museum curator, Paralegal, Professor, Public Relations, Publisher, Reporter, Social Media Manager, Teacher, Writer
Parents and carers can support their child by monitoring the completion of homework on a weekly basis as well as revising key topics for all assessments. Wider reading around different topic areas is strongly encouraged to develop a greater sense of History.
In advance of assessments parents of pupils in KS3 are provided with an opportunity to complete a parent postcard for pupils.
A reading list is provided from the Historical Association to promote wider reading opportunities for pupils linked to curriculum topics.