Through teaching engaging history lessons from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4, we aim to enhance curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring our pupils with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. Throughout the key stages, we aim to develop a big ‘picture’ of the past, related to different periods taught.
We aim for pupils to develop a good chronological overview, which will enable them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. Pupils will learn that the past was marked with periods of change, but equally had periods of continuation. In order to develop historical thinking, pupils are encouraged to evaluate significant historical events. They learn to appreciate that interpretations of events reflect the circumstances in which they took place, and the intentions of those who made them. Many lessons will involve a range of different type of enquiry questions, which will support pupils to develop conceptual thinking. Pupils will also be taught about the connections between causes and consequences of historical events.
History lessons are taught using multisensory methods and a transdisciplinary approach. For example, a speech and language therapist may work on memory strategies to help students remember new vocabulary, dates or names. Alternatively, an occupational therapist may give support with sequencing or mapping skills.
Lessons include a wide range of topics at personal, local, national and international levels, dating from the early Stone Age period to historical events in the late 20th century.
Where appropriate, external visits are arranged to support the curriculum. These may include visits to the Museum of London, searching for artifacts on the banks of the River Thames or a visit to the Tower of London. Pupils within Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 may attend external history lectures.
A yearly History Day is organised for Years 6 to 9. On this day, each form exhibits a different historical topic that they have studied in the previous weeks.
Alasdair passed his GCSEs with five As, 2Bs and a C