Our Curriculum Intent
The History curriculum at Clayton Hall Academy is a challenging, knowledge-rich curriculum that purposefully revisits concepts and skills taught by being arranged as a 5-year spiral curriculum. Through this structure, students are constantly recalling information and skills previously taught and making links throughout and across the various units studied. This promotes resilience and independence skills that are further enhanced by nurturing students’ abilities to analyse historical texts and by reading up-to-date challenging historical research. Through this we allow our students to form their own interpretations of history whilst encouraging our students to ask insightful questions. Furthermore, by reading the works of Historians we promote academic reading which students will benefit from should they wish to take History at GCSE or A-Level. In order to equip our Historians to contend with our ambitious and challenging curriculum, we frequently engage with a variety of skills such as: weighing evidence, making judgements and second order concepts such as causation and consequence. This, along with a clear sequenced curriculum aids our student’s understanding and mastery in History.
At KS3, students are taught to have a wide understanding of social, economic and cultural changes within Britain and the wider world. It is vital that students are given the opportunity to learn about the history of different countries and cultures. By giving pupils access to a diverse curriculum that is representative of our students and all History, they are able to identify with and actively engage in History, understanding that it is representative of the multi-cultural Britain we live in. Presenting a curriculum that is alive and relevant and set within the context of current events helps pupils to better understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, diverse societies, challenges through time and aids in the development of their own identity. Across both stages, we address misconceptions and challenge views that our students may have. In turn, this makes them inquisitive learners with a lifelong love of History as a subject that is very much a living subject and one that is all around us.
Gold Standard Teaching and Learning across the Faculty
- As well as the general Gold Standard T&L pedagogy (as listed in the bullet points below), the nine historical thinking skills are intrinsically built into the SOW from Y7 through to Y11. These skills are: Interpretation, comparison, contextualization, synthesis, causation, patterns of continuity and change over time and Periodisation. These are grouped into four categories: Analysing Historical Sources and Evidence, Making Historical Connections, Chronological Reasoning, and Creating and Supporting an Historical Argument.
- Effective seating plans to be available, highlighting students who are PP, SEN and G&T
- Assessment maps, interweaved with PLC’s, to be integral in developing a students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting
- Regular use of subject specific terminology (supporting Tier 3 Language Skills) to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, , so that the students retention skills are developed, supporting the higher grades at GCSE Level. This is a key focus for 2019 – 2020.
- Appropriate differentiation
- Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling (both student and teacher) and via the variety of tasks set
- Assessment for learning
- Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium and long-term planning
- Pair work, group work and independent work
Key Stage 4 Examination Overview
Exam Board Details: Pearson Edexcel GCSE History
Paper 1 – 1 hour and 15 minutes – 30%* of the qualification: Thematic study and the historic environment: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-1900, policing and inner city.
Paper 2 – 1 hour and 45 minutes – 40%* of the qualification: Period study and British depth study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
Paper 3: 1 hour and 20 minutes – 30%* of the qualification Modern depth study: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad.
What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child?
Get any print combined Revision Guide and workbook for the schools’ price of £2.70* (RRP £5.99) for the module titles listed above.
These books can also be purchased from Amazon but for a higher price.
What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use?
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – BBC Bitesize has an Edexcel section where pupils can select our units of learning.
www.senecalearning.com – Good for revision for a range of subjects, just ensure that you search for ‘History Edexcel GCSE’
https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/ – you can search for several topics including many of our areas of study.
https://spartacus-educational.com/ – Academic encyclopaedias available here for reading.
What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in History?
Any documentaries about the topics that we study at GCSE will help to consolidate knowledge and applied to several circumstances. Other methods of engagement include:
- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
- Cold War: for forty-five years the world held its breath by Jeremy Isaacs & Taylor Downing
Documentaries and films
- The Cold War – CNN – The Cold War Documentary found on YouTube.
- Crime and Punishment – Tony Robinson Series Documentary
- Blood Queens documentary
- Elizabeth (1998)
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- Timelines TV – YouTube channel
- BBC teach – women’s history playlist
- BBC Teach History playlist
- Smithsonian magazine
- History Extra – YouTube
- BBC History YouTube playlist
- BBC You’re Dead to Me – Greg Jenner
- BBC In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
- History Extra on Spotify
- Dan Snow’s History Hit
- BBC World Service – Witness
- Histories of the Unexpected
- HistoryPod – On this day in history pod
To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email