Curriculum Intent and Rationale
The intent of the History curriculum is to engage and enthuse students with a curiosity and knowledge about the past, whilst also reflecting on the key events of today. The change and continuity of British and International History creates a pattern of influencing our present lives, shaping many of the key debates that we engage in today. As we are growing as globalised society, as well as being members of a diverse community, it is important that we cover a range of histories from around the world, to reflect our growing multi-national and multi-ethnic community. By creating active scholars, we hope to enable students to infer, analyse and evaluate knowledge of past events in a sensitive and informed manner.
Skills are a key focus of History, especially those used beyond the school environment. Students will learn to critically assess and evaluate evidence, both primary and secondary, combining with their knowledge to make judgement on their value to historians and reliability. Students will look to use evidence to scaffold and develop opinions on a wide range of issues, as well as growing their explanations, both verbally and in written form. Looking at the bigger picture, they will look to compare and contrast different time periods, including the present.
As a traditional academic subject, History is widely respected and is often seen as a key indicator in regards to university courses and future career prospects. This can be seen in not just History-related courses but also Politics, Law, the Civil Service, the Media, Business and Administration, Finance, Computing, Education and Medicine.