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Mrs S. Van Den Broecke

Here at Kingsmead, we believe that History is so much more than just reciting Kings and Queens and Wars. History is a tapestry of human stories and human emotion; of great achievements and appalling tragedies. History is a continual journey, one that we are all part of. How do we examine this story? Is this story fixed? We offer a broad and varied curriculum in order to develop our pupil’s natural curiosity and provide them with a platform from which they can then begin to see how the past affects our everyday lives, how we are shaped by significant cultural, social and political events, and most importantly to question and analyse information presented to them.


Year 7

Autumn Term
The Norman Conquest

Spring Term
Medieval Monarchs

Summer Term
Medieval Life

Year 8

Autumn Term
The Industrial Revolution

Spring Term

Summer Term
Civil Rights

Year 9

Autumn Term
Getting the Vote

Spring Term
The Origins of World War One

Summer Term
World War Two


Year 10

Autumn Term
Living in Nazi Germany 1933-1945

Spring Term
Crime and Punishment 1250-the Present Day

Summer Term
The Elizabethans

Year 11

Autumn Term
The Making of America 1789-1900

Spring Term
History Around Us: Kenilworth Castle

Summer Term
Consolidation of content and Exam Preparation


Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
The English Revolution 1625-1701 Theme 1-3

Spring Term
The English Revolution 1625-1701 Theme 4-5

Summer Term
The French Revolution

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
The History curriculum contributes to RSE, LIMB and Pledge through teaching about key themes within society, religion and culture and what impact it had on our ancestors and what impact it has on today's society.

Cultural Capital Development
Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their education. History involves the study of society over many different eras and in different countries and within the study of History we explore themes including relationships, social interactions and culture. It is important to recognise that everyone has cultural capital - that is - knowledge, skills and behaviours, and that these accumulate over time through many different experiences and opportunities. History allows learners to develop these cultural capital links, not only through taught sessions and visual aids in the classroom but through trips, for example local studies on World War One and mining to The Black Country Living Museum, and residentials such as Auschwitz and the Battlefields of World War One.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
Cross Curricular projects:
Eyam Trip - cross curricular links to history, English, technology
The Workhouse Creative Writing Competition - English and History creative writing competition Year 7
History and RS Jewish History Trip
Chocolate Project - cross curricular project involving all Ebacc subjects (History, Geography, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Computer Science)

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
Leadership skills in history can be improved by debating, becoming a critical thinker, having a coherent argument and being able to support your view with solid evidence. The ability to question perceived truths and form original, logical judgements is a fundamental leadership skill, that history develops from Year 7 all the way to Year 13. Exploring our learners' expertise through the use of the Blended Learning Platform, flipped learning and through a metacognitive approach to teaching, allows our learners to develop their pedagogy. Within our history lessons, we teach about influential key figures in history and explore their path to success, instilling ambition into our learners.

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
1. critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
2. ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing using dates and important events
3. capability to work without direct supervision and manage your time and priorities effectively

Exam Boards and Links
OCR - GCSE History B
Edexcel AS and A level History

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