Our curriculum is based on developing a passion for history through the development of subject specific knowledge and skills which can be transferred into the world of employment, making our students the most employable in Corby. We intend to lay the foundations of a secure knowledge base whilst embedding the skills required to thrive at AQA GCSE History via our KS3 assessment platform (see KS3 History Assessments 2020-21 doc). We aim to teach a chronological, knowledge rich, overview of British, European and American History, examining the key themes that shape society. These include religion, war and violence, power, economics and the roles of key individuals. Within this we fully explore the key British values such as democracy, tolerance and respect. These overarching themes provide the framework in which the knowledge can sit and, more importantly, allows students to draw links between different themes, individuals and events which makes the content more memorable. This requires us to approach curriculum planning and delivery that builds in spaced retrieval practice, formative low-stakes testing and plenty of repeated practice (such as linking events to the key themes) for fluency.
Furthermore, we will seek to embed a series of skills that will ensure our students make the best progress possible at GCSE. These skills include chronology, identifying change and continuity, identifying and analysing key points of comparison and contrast, source analysis (provenance, purpose and utility) and interpretation analysis based around ‘how convincing’ which focuses on the analysis of content and applying knowledge to analyse the accuracy of secondary account. Our curriculum is not simply a set of encounters from which children form ad hoc memories; it is designed to be remembered in detail; to be stored in our students’ long-term memories so that they can later build on it forming an ever wider and deeper schema. We will seek to enrich the experience of our student’s through cultural visits and trips to key Historical sites. This will also form part of our aims to close the cultural capital gap by ensuring that all students have the opportunities to experience History beyond the classroom which in turn helps build a more informed, resilient and tolerant citizenry.
The qualification we study for at GCSE is AQA 8145