Our approach in History is to help encourage a love of learning and a broad understanding of past events, how they relate to the modern world, as well as building analytical skills. These skills will enable students to better integrate into active members of society.
Lessons can be academic to challenge all learners or more visual and practical to accommodate all learning styles. Lessons are differentiated through various means to allow excellent education and engagement opportunities for all.
Within in each history subject strand students will develop their knowledge and skills of the different historical times studied. Lessons will regularly highlight specific facts, dates and people including key vocabulary that is subject specific but also focused on building language skills.
Students will look at key skill areas such as analysis interpretation, causation, chronology and fact. Students will present work in various formats according to learning styles and language ability.
Key Stage 3
Students are not grouped by age but by their social and emotional needs. Because of the nurturing holistic nature of the school students can sometimes move teaching groups. The KS3 curriculum mirrors this fluidity by teaching all KS3 students the same curriculum differentiated according to ability. Each strand shows a clear progression chronologically and is grouped thematically. The current strands are:
Strand 1 Life in early Britain, Battle of Hasting, Life in medieval Britain.
Strand 2 Upheaval Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Slavery to Civil Rights Movement.
Strand 3 Conflict- World War 1, World War 2, The Cold War
Key stage 4
Students are grouped according to their social and emotional needs, and follow a curriculum which is designed to prepare them for OCR GCSE. The curriculum follows a two-year cycle as students are usually in mixed year groups in years 10 and 11.The students engage in a local study focusing on Fishbourne Roman Palace and also Immigration, Normans, Vikings and themes of WW2.