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Our curriculum intent in History is to develop students understanding of the modern world, the society that they live in, the rights that they have and the role they have in the future development of society in order to produce well-rounded global citizens.
Students will develop a deep understanding of:
- Key historical skills such as cause and consequences, and significance
- How society and individuals are governed both locally, nationally and globally
- Gender equality
- Civil and political rights
- The long-lasting impact the 20th century has had on the modern day
The History Curriculum is essential for developing key lifelong skills of analysis and evaluation as well as teaching fundamental knowledge that everyone should know. It gives students not only academic success in a rigorous subject but also the foundation of Active Citizenship values which combine to develop the Master Key to their future.
For more information on the History curriculum please contact Innovation Leader Oliver Walsh: O.Walsh@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk
Download the History Long Term Curriculum Plan for Years 7-11. An overview of the History curriculum is shown below.
Revision guides and resources
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/ (Superb website with a range of resources, tips and advice)
http://www.historytoday.com/ (Interesting articles)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history (Interesting articles and games)
http://www.youtube.com Type in ‘Cold War series.’ There are 24 excellent documentary episodes, with specific ones on origins of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir2/ (Origins of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis – information, tests and excellent short video clips)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/germany/ (Germany 1918-1945– lots of information, tests and two decent video clips)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/russia/ (Decent introduction to Russian history, covering 1905-1941
We will recommend various video links and websites to students throughout the year.
Examples of work
Here are some examples of work produced by students.
- Exemplar work 1 - Summer 1 exam assessment This student shows impressive knowledge and understanding which is communicated excellently.
- Exemplar work 2 - GCSE exam practice & evidence of reflective assessment for learning. This student shows the ability to accurately mark work and demonstrate and understanding of what he needs to do to improve.
- Exemplar work 3 - GCSE green pen response to teacher marking. This student engages with his teacher’s marking in order to improve his response.
Here are some example of homework set by the History department.
- 'Dear Romans' speech - This Year 7 homework task was to write a speech to persuade the Romans to support an invasion of Britain.
- Glorious Boudicca - This Year 7 homework task was to create a memorial to celebrate Boudicca.
- Civil War diary entry - This Year 7 homework task was to write a diary entry from a soldier involved in the Battle of Naseby.
- Which battle was the bigger turning point - This Year 9 homework considers the important of Pearl Harbor and Stalingrad and comes to a conclusion.
- Vietnam War top trump cards - GCSE homework.
Why study History at GCSE or A Level?
Colleges, universities and employers all hold History in high respect.
It is a ‘hard’ subject using key skills including use of evidence to structure an argument and present a case; communication; analysis and evaluation; ability to debate; carrying out enquiry and investigation; independent critical thinking and reasoning; the craft of writing.
The study of History can open up a world of possibilities. As History enables you to develop many transferrable skills, universities and employers look incredibly favourably upon applicants with good qualifications.
Careers and History
GCSE, A level and degree qualifications in History are highly valued by employers.
Whilst there are many specialist jobs that require History, employers from many different sectors value the transferrable skills that successful study in history demonstrates. Indeed, History graduates from top universities are in high demand.
Below are some examples of careers that History can help you enter:
- Legal work (lawyer, solicitor)
- Professional services (accountancy, banking, tax, consultancy)
- Corporate business (large companies , e.g. M&S, Unilever, Cadburys)
- Journalism and other media work
- Government/public sector (civil service, administration, local government, NHS, police, armed forced)
- Academia (PhDs, lecturing, research work)
- Librarian, archivist, archaeologist