We believe every student has the potential to excel at History, that they have an entitlement to learn about the past and to be taught in engaging and stimulating ways.
We believe History is a worthwhile discipline in its own right. It fires the imagination and stimulates curiosity. It involves the study of a range of subjects including political, economic, religious and social issues, helping develop valuable contextual knowledge and understanding of the world around us.
History gives you a deeper understanding of the world around you. History is a valuable subject that helps students to think independently, challenge interpretations and make informed judgements of issues and to foster empathy with people living in diverse places and at different times.
For further details of the History curriculum please contact Bethany Pickett B.Pickett@harrisgarrard.org.uk.
Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our History curriculum are contained in our curriculum plans, downloadable from the bottom of the page.
View/download medium term plans for all subjects. These are up to date as of 1st September 2021. Plans will be refreshed every term.
You can also download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.
Primary Curriculum - History
A people without a knowledge of their history, culture and origins, is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Our history curriculum aims to fulfil the requirements of the national curriculum which states: ‘A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.'
The History curriculum at the Harris Federation has been built around five key aims:
- To increase substantive knowledge of historical periods, people, trends and events so that students develop a rich knowledge of the past which builds cultural capital, takes them beyond their lived experience and allows them to engage meaningfully in the process of historical enquiry.
- To increase disciplinary knowledge of how historians investigate the past through second order concepts and by engaging thoughtfully with sources of evidence and historical interpretations.
- To communicate knowledge effectively so that students are able to construct written answers that evaluate, judge and argue and to use the language of historians to convey an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the past.
- To ensure the curriculum gives students an overarching narrative of British history which is interwoven with diverse and global histories that speak our student’s own identities.
- To ensure that knowledge is retained through a planned curriculum, chronologically sequenced and driven by historical enquiries.
We aim to deliver an ambitious curriculum that engenders a love of history; that prepare pupils for their next stage of education and is accessible to all. The design of the curriculum will allow children to know more and remember more.
Mrs Obinkwo, Primary History Lead
Colleges, universities and employers all hold History in high respect. It is a ‘hard’ subject using key skills including use of evidence to structure an argument and present a case; communication; analysis and evaluation; ability to debate; carrying out enquiry and investigation; independent critical thinking and reasoning; the craft of writing.
The study of History can open up a world of possibilities. As History enables you to develop many transferrable skills, universities and employers look incredibly favourably upon applicants with good qualifications.
Whilst there are many specialist jobs that require History, employers from many different sectors value the transferrable skills that successful study in history demonstrates. Indeed, History graduates from top universities are in high demand.
Below are some examples of careers that History can help you enter:
- Legal work (lawyer, solicitor)
- Professional services (accountancy, banking, tax, consultancy)
- Corporate business (large companies , e.g. M&S, Unilever, Cadburys)
- Journalism and other media work
- Government/public sector (civil service, administration, local government, NHS, police, armed forced)
- Academia (PhDs, lecturing, research work)
- Librarian, archivist, archaeologist
Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.
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