Through the History curriculum we encourage pupils’ curiosity and imagination, presenting them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past.

It helps pupils to develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.

Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.

Within lessons we encourage discussion and ‘acting out’ and place a lot of emphasis on the visual to support our dyslexic pupils. We have an extensive range of supporting DVDs and also make use of YouTube and BBC Bitesize and classroom clips.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 we study the Medieval Realms which includes: the Battle of Hastings, the Normanisation of England, death in the New Forest and the murder of Thomas Becket amongst many other aspects of this period.

In Year 8 we look at: the Tudors and Stuarts including Henry V11 and V111, the Reformation and the Civil War. We also study various aspects of everyday life such as the persecution of women (witchcraft) and crime and punishment.

Year 9 includes: slavery, the Industrial Revolution with Children in the factories being a main focus, the First and Second World Wars and the Holocaust. We also take a day to visit the Battlefields in France to enable the students to experience some of the conditions that the soldiers had to face.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

At GCSE we study: Germany, South Africa, the USA which provides a diverse overview of the different nations political and cultural beliefs. We also have the opportunity to visit other countries, for example, Belgium to visit the battlefields and Berlin as part of our Germany GCSE syllabus.

Due to the recent changes in Government requirements for History, the specification and syllabus will change in September 2016 with subjects to be studied at GCSE changing to:

  • Crime and Punishment 500 – 2000
  • The Elizabethan Age 1558 – 1603
  • The Transition of Germany 1929 – 39
  • The Development of the USA 1929 – 2000

We do realise that History is a big ask for dyslexic students due to the academic nature of the subject and the amount of reading and writing that is required. However, we do not see this as a barrier and support them by constant reinforcement of the skills needed to obtain a good GCSE and plenty of exam revision and practice. The success of our methods was seen with outstanding success in 2015 with all students achieving an A grade.