What will my child's learning be like in History?

Students will experience a broad and diverse history curriculum which is knowledge rich allows pupils to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between Salford and Manchester’s History alongside national and international history, between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history and between short- and long-term timescales.  Pupils will utilise and understand historical concepts such as causation, change and continuity, interpretations, significance and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and engage with historical scholarship through enquiry-based schemes of learning. We want pupils to feel confident in using subject specific terminology throughout different themes such as religion and power. Pupils will be able to confidently and accurately use abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilization, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
Explicit and regular reference is given to British values throughout the curriculum, for example the rule of law when studying the Magna Carta in Year 7, the influence of Church and state throughout the Tudor period and the impact of world war. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore historical concepts beyond the classroom through educational visits and events, such as to the People’s History Museum which enables pupils to explore the history of democracy in Britain. Pupils will also have the opportunity to visit Leeds Armouries to explore methods of warfare used throughout the medieval period and an opportunity to visit the International Slavery Museum in year 8 to support the curriculum further. A period of remembrance takes place in the Autumn term to commemorate World War 1. Furthermore, each January we observe Holocaust Memorial Day where pupils have the opportunity through the curriculum to learn from a range of lived experiences for example by listening to testimony from a holocaust survivor. At KS4 pupils will have an opportunity to visit Berlin in order to support their understanding of Weimar & Nazi Germany and the Cold War units being studied.
The curriculum has been planned to ensure that it is accessible for all pupils. Lessons within the history department will begin with a review of previous learning, often this will take the form of a short quiz on the core knowledge from previous lessons and previous units in order to strengthen memory and helps to ensure that pupils are mastering the content. Within each lesson modelling is used extensively to ensure that all students achieve their full potential. Ensuring all lessons are clearly scripted, scaffolded, concise and consistent supports all pupils when applying their historical skills. Pupils will be expected to demonstrating their understanding of this new content by completing independent tasks which may take the form of extended writing and analysing sources and/or interpretations.

What are we aiming to achieve in the History department?

The aim of History is to allow our young people to critically evaluate the world in which they live in the present, by learning from the past. In order to achieve this, we place an emphasis on literacy and the development of vocabulary to enable students to engage with academia. Knowledge and skills should be married within history and students will develop an understanding of historical skills, such as making inferences and evaluating interpretations.

KS4 History

GCSE History is examined in a similar way to English as you will be assessed on your ability to analyse historical sources and complete extended written answers. Therefore, this is an option suitable for those who already are successful in English and enjoy reading and writing.

Course overview:
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment.
Medicine in Britain c1250-present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914-18.
Paper 2: British depth study / Period study.
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-88 / Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91
Paper 3: Modern depth study.
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
As this curriculum is chronologically sequenced pupils will study the course in the following order:
Anglo Saxon and Norman England c1060-88 (Paper 2)
Medicine in Britain c1250 – present day (Paper 1)
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 (Paper 3)
Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91 (Paper 2)
Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
52 marks (30% of GCSE)
Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
64 marks (40% of GCSE)
Paper 3: Written exam: 1 hour 20 minutes
52 marks (30% of GCSE)

For more information please contact

Alicia Shanks, Head of History and Lead Practitioner for Humanities alicia.shanks@lowryacademy.org.uk

Daniel Hargreaves, Head of Humanities and Teacher of History daniel.hargreaves@lowryacademy.org.uk

Nick Fox, Teacher of History and PSHE co-ordinator nicholas.fox@lowryacademy.org.uk

John Thursfield, Teacher of History john.thursfield@lowryacademy.org.uk