History contributes to the development of tolerance and the understanding of other beliefs, cultures and societies. It also promotes citizenship, literacy, numeracy and the understanding of social responsibility.
Key Stage 3
By the end of Key Stage 3 students will have considered how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and the beliefs and cultures that influenced people’s actions. As they do this, students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. This will help them understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
Students are given the opportunity to see the diversity of human experience at local, national and international level. Units of work focus on British economic, social and political history from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. They also study units of work on world history such as Islamic Empires and Black peoples of the Americas.
Students reach their own conclusions about past events, people and places. They do this by using a variety of evidence based skills that are prized in adult life such as research, analysis, evaluation and arguing for their point of view. Students develop their ability to listen and respond to a range of history stimuli and learn to discern their own work by reflecting on success criteria and by setting themselves realistic yet challenging targets.
Key Stage 4
The skills developed in Key Stage 3 are essential for students who follow the two year AQA GCSE History course. They are expected to recall, select, organise and communicate a range of historical knowledge. Students evaluate and use critically a wide range of historical sources of information to investigate historical questions, problems or interpretations. They reach reasoned and substantiated conclusions about past events, people and places.
The course has three components. Paper one and two focus on Medicine Through Time and The American West respectively. The final component is a controlled assessment. This takes the form of a historical enquiry of a local site (Quarry Bank Mill, Styal). Throughout the course students are provided with opportunities to study history in a variety of ways – in depth, through time, in a local context and from different cultural perspectives. This will help students appreciate the diversity of the societies studied and the experiences of the people in these societies.
Wider reading, extra curricular activities and trips are encouraged to develop student’s understanding of the historical processes and concepts.