Bluecoat Aspley Academy History Intent Statement
The Archway Learning Trust History curriculum is designed to provide a complex and nuanced chronological narrative of English, British, and international histories. As custodians of what we teach our students, we provide a diverse curriculum with ‘windows’ to take students beyond their immediate experience, and ‘mirrors’ so that our students see themselves reflected in the curriculum. The ambitious knowledge-based curriculum is accessed through overarching key enquiries, supported by lesson enquiries with second-order concepts at their core such as change and continuity, cause and consequence, significance, similarity and difference, sources and interpretations. While being ambitious, we want History to be inclusive both in what is taught, as well as how. As such we ensure our lessons are accessible and personalised. We aim to provide a diverse experience through historical scholarship woven throughout each year group, with extended writing opportunities provided for students to deliberately practice their writing, coming from explicit teaching of historical writing. Our ambition is to broaden our historians wider cultural literacy through mini-research opportunities in addition to lessons, while interrogating conflicting and diverse historical interpretations within lessons. Through direct instruction of writing techniques, we aim for students to not only understand the broader narrative in history, but to question, challenge and construct historical arguments rooted in the discipline.
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At KS3 in History pupils have one hour a week, please see the curriculum map to see what pupils will learn over the course of their study. The History KS3 curriculum has been designed to build on the KS2 History curriculum; ensuring a chronological approach to understand connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop historical concepts such as change, continuity, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
At KS4 in History pupils have two hours a week. We follow AQA Specification AQA | GCSE | History | Specification at a glance.
Paper 1: Germany 1890-1945: Dictatorship and Democracy
Paper 1: Conflict and Tension: The First World War 1890-1914
Paper 2: Health and the People c1000 to Present Day
Paper 2: Norman England c1066-1100
We believe in the importance of learning from history. That’s why students at KS4 are able to study different aspects of the past, so they can engage with key issues such as conflict, understand what drives change and how the past influences the present.
At KS5 in History pupils have five hours a week. We follow AQA Specification AQA | AS and A-level | History | Specification at a glance
Component One: Breadth Study: The Tudors 1485-1603
Component Two: Depth Study: The American Dream; reality and illusion, 1945 -1980
The A level curriculum has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Whilst studying the students will gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as AS and A-level historians.