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History

Our Subject Vision

The study of History allows students to learn about their own cultural heritage as well as the influence that all cultures has had on our modern identity. By learning about the past, we better understand our modern world and are able to shape the future. The overall intent of the subject specialist History team is to is teach in such a way as to be both enjoyable and stimulating, enabling students to be intellectually stretched, while acquiring useful transferable skills and also maintaining their interest in the subject both in school and beyond. Within History, students develop quality memory skills while also learn to evaluate causes and consequences of key events and important historical figures. We want our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the past both locally, nationally and globally. Alongside all their historical knowledge, students will also develop their skills  of critical thinking, evaluation, discussion, debate, research and investigation.


Which qualifications do we offer at KS4?

The specification at KS4 is Edexcel and Pearson qualification.

Edexcel GCSE History (2016) | Pearson qualifications

The unit the students study are as followed;

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1080
  • The American West, c1835-c1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Where could this subject ultimately take you?

History is a subject highly regarded by both apprenticeships, universities and employers. The critical analysis skills that you will develop can enable progression into a wide variety of careers such as law, journalism and the media, marketing and business, management and teaching, as well as more specialist occupations such as archaeology, historical research and museum curation.


What enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities do we offer in History?

At Temple Learning Academy we offer enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities in the History departments. For example, we are always looking at any opportunity to give our students a real life sense of History by taking out students on day trip and residentials. We aim to give opportunities through all the key stages for our students to go out and see, touch and smell the History around them.


What will students study in History?

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 students, begin to develop their historical skills and understanding by studying the Dark ages and the life in Britain. Students will develop their understanding of historical interpretation by focusing on the Conquest of Britain up to 1066 and life within Early Medieval England. Moreover, students will continue to broaden their historical skills as they begin to develop their explanation skills whilst studying the relationship of religion and conflict within Tudor and Elizabethan England. Finally, students focus on the Industrial Revolution, whereby they begin to develop their understanding of significance.


Year 8

In Year 8 students will focus on understanding the use of historical interpretations to help them investigate Native America and early colonisation by Britain. Moreover, year 8 investigate to rise of the British Empire and the effects it had globally on nations and people alike. Year 8 furthers student’s historical competencies with the study of sources, investigating their reliability and utility through the study of the Slave Trade and the investigation of the treatment of slaves in the Americas as a historical environment. The Year 8 journey continues with a focus on revolution with the themes being the French Revolution and the Industrial revolution and the impacts of both events retrospectively. Finally, Year 8 finish we the study on the Suffragette movement and the change women brought about in our History.


Year 9

Local history becomes the focus of students when they study World War I and the consequence this had upon Leeds, both at the time and beyond. With vital importance, students study the Holocaust and develop their understanding of this event and the significance of this event, both within History and today. Year 9 will then move onto understanding the significant turning points of World War II and how these events changed the course of History. This leads to the students studying the massive changes which took place in the UK and globally with the rise of Multiculturalism in Britain and the Civil Rights movement in America. Finally, the year 9 students will finish with learning about how cold was actually the Cold War.

At the end of KS3, students can choose whether to continue to study History into KS4 and gain a qualification. For those that do not continue to study History we hope they continue with their education with a lifelong love of History, understanding of History and appreciation of the past. We also hope that they will have developed skills such as explanation, evaluation and judgements which they take with them into future life.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

In year 10 the students start their GCSE course with learning about the development of medicine in Britain from medieval to modern times. Students will be analytical of key themes such as cause, treatment and prevention where they will assess the progress of these themes over time. While, the students will move onto learning about Anglo-Saxon and Norman England where they start with Williams conquest of Britain to how William was able to “Normanise” the country in his image. The students will learn about how William went from foreign conqueror to a successful King of England. To finish year 10 the students will move onto studying the American West with a focus on why the US government encouraged the settlement West in mid 1800s. This will set the students in good stead for finishing their GCSE in year 11.


Year 11

The final year of GCSE History is paramount for the overall outcome of students at GCSE and that is why the students pick up where they left off and continue their education on American West. The students will learn about the escalation of violence in America which is linked to the increased migration of white settlers West and their interactions with Native Americas. The final module students study at year 11 is Weimar and Nazi Germany from 1918 to the outbreak of Second World War in 1939. This unit will see the students develop their use and application of sources and interpretations to understand the complexities of the time period.

Temple Learning Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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