At KS3 We aim to create a passion for History in our students through enquiry based learning encouraging students to ask questions and delve deeper whilst utilising staff specialist subject knowledge to teach students both fundamental British values, whilst preparing them for challenges they will face in the wider world. We aim to develop students' skills in critical thinking and challenge preconceptions, ideas and concepts. We also must include a solid foundation to prepare students for the rigorous demands of the GCSEs.
At KS4 students will develop an understanding of the major themes and turning points over the past 2000 years of British History and be able to explain how countries such as Germany and Britain can dramatically change in a short period of time. In doing so, students will develop their essay writing skills and an understanding of how to critique a wide range of sources. These skills are crucial for any student who is looking to go into a range of careers. These units are taught because the offer students a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of topics. With two of our units selected because they give students an understanding of Britain’s past. Weimar and Nazi Germany is chosen because students continue to be fascinated by how one man was able to go from homeless to arguably the most powerful man in Modern History and the Cold War provides students with a clear understanding of International Relations and how they have changed since the Second World War.
The curriculum is without doubt knowledge rich but we endeavour to provide students with the skills necessary to question sources they come across, ask questions and not accept things at face value. These choices we have made are garnered towards encouraging our students to delve deeper into the world of mass media where they can find out more about each these fascinating topics.
It is important that we study these units because they are popular with students but also give students a grounding in Britain’s vast History – they want to learn more about each topic and because this way we are able to really captivate their interest in the subject we as specialists love.
There are various cross curricular links that students are exposed to with heavy influence in both English and Drama on these key topics. The beauty of studying History is that the skills the students are required to develop are incredibly flexible.