The History department, as stakeholders, have had input into the design of the curriculum
and share its vision and rationale.
The intent of the History curriculum is to offer all students the opportunity to engage with the subject in ways that have meaning to them. We draw strongly on the local history of Canterbury and Kent exploring its national and international significance. Our aim is to build knowledge, understanding and skills progressively as students move through the curriculum.
Our curriculum aligns with the whole school intent, particularly in terms of preparing students as future citizens. The curriculum includes global issues such as slavery and civil rights and women’s rights as well as supporting exploration of different political systems and forms of governance. Learning outside the classroom is central to our approach and we run a family history club, a history film club and learning visits for each year group.
Achievement for all is our priority. We have initiated a growth mindset programme from year 7 which focuses on building motivation and enthusiasm for learning through positive feedback linked to effort.
Student achievement is supported in a number of ways. Resources are adapted to support students with additional learning needs. We are engaging in a process of de-colonising the curriculum to support the learning experience of students from BAME backgrounds and to ensure that resources and content are relevant and meaningful. Additional support is available through regular history revision sessions.
Prior knowledge is revisited in end of topic tests and in regular starter and plenary quizzes. Students are encouraged to memorise key knowledge through the use of mnemonics and multi-media tests. We recognise that our students come with diverse experiences and knowledge and aim to draw upon these funds of knowledge in class discussions. We also aim to extend cultural capital through a rich programme of visits and extra-curricula activities including through links with UKC and CCCU.
Regular formative and summative assessment allow close monitoring and tracking of student performance over the academic year. Additional revision and support sessions are offered when appropriate. We are in the process of introducing a series of progressive targets against which students can self-assess thus giving them an additional sense of ownership over their learning journeys.
Regular department meetings offer an opportunity to review student progress across the year groups and to identify any areas for immediate attention or longer-term planning. Our curriculum offer has evolved over recent years and we anticipate it will continue to do so as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.