History Subject Intent Statement:
History fires students’ curiosity and imagination and their desire for knowledge. History inspires students and develops their understanding of the past and its impact and relevance on the world today. It helps students make links and connections to other topics and subject areas, allowing them to develop greater understanding of the causes and consequences of people’s actions and events on society.
Students find out about the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world, as well as local history. History helps students develop the knowledge and understanding of significant people, events and developments that have helped shape the world we live in a chronological and thematic way. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
As students develop their understanding of history they are encouraged to ask questions, to consider the significance of different people and events and how they link together. Students develop their ability to analyse events critically, evaluate evidence and use it to support their judgements and explain different viewpoints. The subject thus provides an invaluable opportunity to wrestle with historical controversy, engaging with concepts such as ‘counterfactuals’ and ‘reasons for change versus continuity’. They can then debate its significance both at the time and its impact on society today.
History prepares students for the future, by equipping them with knowledge and skills that are valued in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society, and an understanding of life in modern Britain. These vital skills will enable them to succeed as they move through education, as well as developing a better understanding of the world they are growing up in, to be confident, questioning, individuals.
Miss TurlDirector of Learning: Humanities
Miss SulivanLead Practitioner: History