The stretching History curriculum offered at Ealing Fields will be one that equips the students with a core of historical knowledge which enables them to place themselves and their communities in a wider context, as well as inflaming their passion for the subject and their interest in the world around them.. It will also impart a number of central skills which are applicable in History and beyond, such as analysis, interpretation, enquiry and communication.
History is an exciting subject which students have often studied in miniature at primary school, sometimes through project work on topics like ‘The Tudors’ or ‘The Victorians’. However, in Year 7 students will be challenged to study History as an academic discipline in its own right through lessons which will appeal to all students, irrespective of background or ability.
Students at KS3 will begin their study of History by looking at the core skills a historian needs to be equipped with to be successful in History. They will then commence a study of events dating from 1066 to the twentieth century, encompassing topics such as the Battle of Hastings, Peasant’s Revolt, the Transatlantic Slave trade and World War One. This is all taught using the key assessment objectives and skills needed to be successful at GCSE level.
In January of Year 9 students begin their GCSE course. In the months preceding this students are taught GCSE skills in units on the Second World War and a depth study of the Holocaust. The GCSE units taught at KS4 include the Cold War, Elizabethan England, Health and the People and a depth study of Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. These options have been chosen to appeal to a range of students with a varied interest in the past.
The students will do a piece of assessed homework each half term which will be given an assessment grade from 1-9 as well as feedback on what could be improved. Each of the assessments will be marked using assessment grades 1—9 as well as providing students with further feedback on what has gone well and how they can make even greater progress.
Lesson Prep & Homework
It is expected that to develop as historians, students will do either a short lesson preparation task or a longer piece of homework in readiness for the following lesson. The lesson preparation and homework tasks have been carefully designed to develop students’ independence and enthusiasm for the subject as well as forming an essential part of their curriculum experience. These habits of independent learning will foster a desire to learn about History more widely and this will produce excellent future GCSE or A-level historians.
Lesson preparation and homework tasks vary but they could include:
- Preparing a list of 5 key dates on a topic
- Learning a list of spellings/definitions
- Completing a quiz in advance of the following lesson
- Writing a paragraph justifying a viewpoint
- Preparing for a debate
- Writing an essay on a topic
- Watching a video clip and preparing notes on key questions for the following lesson
There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with extended learning during the year. For Year 9 students we have introduced a Junior History Scholars programme, run across the trust, allowing students to debate key issues and develop the essential skills of oracy, listening and research. We are expanding our extra-curricular trips each year, currently Year 9 visit Ypres in Belgium to see the sites of First World War and in Year 10 we hope to visit Berlin. In activities week, the History department offers visits to the Imperial War Museum, the National Archives and the Houses of Parliament.