What is our History curriculum purpose and rationale at Ark Kings?
At Ark Kings, we aim to give students an understanding that history is the narrative of the past and that they are the characters in the narrative of shaping the future. They will be inspired to think of consequences of actions on a bigger scale and consider their role now and in the future.
Primary Phase - Further Information
Our Primary History Curriculum Purpose and Rationale provides more phase-specific detail: Primary History Curriculum Purpose and Rationale.pdf
Pupils in the primary phase study a History/Geography topic each half term. Within these topics, threads of knowledge run through the curriculum – the topics are the vehicles for placing the threads in context. For example, in History, the concept of ‘nation’ is a recurring concept throughout the curriculum. Where appropriate within each topic, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of this concept. This starts in the early years and develops up to Year 6 in order to give pupils the necessary conceptual understanding of historical themes drawn upon in the secondary phase of their education. For example, in the Key Stage 3 Curriculum, pupils study ideas political power, industry and empire in Britain, 1745-1901. By developing the concept of ‘empire’, pupils are sufficiently prepared to grapple with this concept in the secondary phase.
Here is an example of how a knowledge thread runs through the History curriculum. For each topic, the thread is drawn upon through relevant substantive knowledge and a broader conceptual understanding is outlined. Nation Thread.pdf
Other historical threads include change, democracy, civilisation, authority, tyranny, dictatorship, empire, conflict, warfare, oppression, class, exploration, relationships and recording history.
Secondary Phase - Further Information
Our Secondary History Curriculum Purpose and Rationale provides more phase-specific detail:
|Year||autumn term||spring term||summer term|
|7||Battle of Hastings||Black Death||The Crusades|
|8||Henry VIII||English Civil War||Industrial Revolution|
|9||Causes of WWI||Europe after WWII||20th Century Dictators|
|10||Students studying GCSE History follow the Edexcel syllabus, details of which can be found online at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html|
|11||Students studying GCSE History follow the Edexcel syllabus, details of which can be found online at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html|