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Our Vision and Aims for History at Therfield School:
“We believe that history matters. A society out of touch with its past cannot have confidence in its future. History defines, educates and inspires us. It lives on in our historic environment. As custodians of our past, we will be judged by generations to come. We must value it, nurture it and pass it on.”
The History Matters Declaration 2006. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of history and encourage involvement in heritage in England and Wales.
Our department believes that History matters because:
•The Human story is fun, fascinating, incredible, complex and tragic
•It is full of interesting people, places, events and colourful stories about the lives of others
•We are moved and inspired by their dilemmas, choices and beliefs, seek to understand why they acted in the way that they did and recognise the impact of their lives on our own
•Our lives are enriched for knowing about the influences that have shaped and made us the people we are.
•It stimulates curiosity and helps us understand where we came from and the world around us, helping us shape our future decisions
History department aims:
•To enable students to become historians – to gain experience of historical enquiry, narrative, analysis, questioning, opinion-forming, problem-solving and presentation of their findings
•To encourage students to ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make.
•To appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance
•To establish learning partnerships, in which pupils are aware of their assessment needs and understand how to make progress.
•To ensure that lessons are relevant and fun and exciting so as to foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of history.
To access all of our materials, please do go to the History room on the VLE to access a range of materials which promote learning beyond the classroom. Follow the link for the relevant Key Stage to find the areas relevant.
•Home learning and Independent Learning Tasks
•What’s on – trips, clubs, events and History Leaders projects
•Find GCSE revision and practice question materials
•History@Home enrichment ideas to build on your learning for this term
•Good reads which are age appropriate recommended books linked to your topics
•Find your virtual classrooms to find materials posted by your History teacher
At KS3 – students have 3 hours of History lessons per fortnight in which they are taught a curriculum of local, British and World History. We cover themes such as power and democracy, everyday lives and Conflict and Cooperation. Students are supported to make progress in 3 Historical skills, which are assessed in every unit using teacher, peer and student assessment. Students will also be assessed on their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and will be supported in improving their work based on the feedback they are given. Home Learning is undertaken through weekly homework tasks which offer a choice of activities to accommodate student’s learning styles and preferences. We offer a weekly KS3 History Explorers Club and KS3 students can attend the History Film Club every half term. Students have the opportunity to attend the Battlefields trip in the summer of Year 9, especially if they have chosen to take GCSE History.
At KS4 – students have 5 hours of History lessons per fortnight in which they study the Edexcel course. The course covers a variety of time periods, countries and historical studies. This includes a thematic study on Crime and Punishment from 1000 – Present Day, a study on Early Elizabethan England, the Cold War and Weimar and Nazi Germany. Students are supported to meet and beat their History GCSE Target grade throughout the course using various tracking and motivational techniques. Students are assessed in every unit using teacher, peer and student assessment. Students will also be assessed on their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and will be supported in improving their work based on the feedback they are given. The GCSE course is assessed using a range of short and longer knowledge and source questions over three papers, which are sat in the Summer of Year 11. Students will take practice questions throughout the course and will be assessed using past paper assessments in every topic in Year 10 and 11 as well as in school Mock exams. Home Learning is undertaken through a range of note taking, research and practice question writing activities. Trips include A* enrichment visits, in school Holocaust survivor talks, the Munich Exchange and revision trips.
At KS5 - Students are taught for 9 hours per fortnight in Year 12 and 8 hours in Year 13. They will have two teachers in each year, each teaching one exam paper. Students are asked to purchase Edexcel core textbooks for their courses to support their learning. The syllabuses we follow are Unit 1: Edexcel 1H: Britain transformed, 1918–97, Unit 2: 2H.2: The USA, 1955–92: conformity and challenge HIS2P, Unit 33: The Witch craze in Britain, North America and Europe and coursework focusing on an area of debate based on the Russian Revolution. KS5 students are supported in becoming independent learners where we practice the ‘flipped classroom’ model of teaching. KS5 students can apply to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz trip in Year 13 and are invited to attend the Holocaust survivor speaker event.
The History team have outlined our high expectations of learning and teaching in our lessons. Our criteria for an outstanding entitlement are rooted in the school’s ethos and are based around the principles of a Learning culture of excellence, student leadership of learning and the opportunity to reflect on and direct learning.