Wilmington Academy History Curriculum Statement
Our aim is to provide an engaging and inclusive History curriculum that allows all students to reach their full potential, develop a love of learning and understand how important history is to the world they live in today. As Marcus Garvey stated, “A person without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots”. It is more important than ever to understand the events of the past, to engage in critical evaluation of sources and to make historical judgements. Students gain the opportunity to travel through the past, learn why the world is the way it is today and become inquisitive, globally aware citizens.
The History curriculum allows students to retain vital substantive knowledge, focus on second order concepts and master essential historical enquiry through source analysis, Interpretations and critical thinking. We want to equip our students with a curiosity of the world around them. The department focuses on a number of historical events and themes, from Migration over time, the rise of 20th century dictators across the globe, the British Empire as well as the key components of the National Curriculum such as what Britain was like before 1066, the Holocaust and a local study of Dartford soldiers during WW1.
Within the MYP, GCSE and IB curriculum, students are encouraged to reflect on the highs and lows of the past and use this to consider their role within society today. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed to ensure that it meets the needs of our current students and shapes them to be well rounded individuals that are knowledgeable and able to analyse and think independently about the world around them.
At Key Stage 3, our unit plans are based on ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum through the use of the MYP and embedded IB philosophy. The department puts a great emphasis on KS3 as we give students the opportunity to research and investigate topics within History and be independent and conscientious with their approach to the work they produce. We have a student-led History Society that is centered around the topics that interest the students to ensure that they continue to develop a lifelong love of learning and experience learning in a different environment.
At Key Stage 4, the Edexcel History GCSE is delivered through a robust and rigorous two-year sequence of learning. To support the implementation of this curriculum, History interventions and revision sessions are run throughout KS4. Our focus is on interpreting sources and understanding the process historians embark upon when challenging evidence. Students discover how to recognise ‘good’ sources and identify why historians interpret historical events in different ways.
At Key stage 5, the IB History course allows students to develop a greater historical knowledge about the world and challenges them to conduct academic research on a topic that interests them. They are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of history and understand that nothing happens in isolation. The impact of major historical events on a global community is an eye-opening experience.
Here is a overview of the key topics taught per year group
- Year 7 MYP Year 1: An introduction to History: Skills and what was England like before 1060?, The Norman conquest, The Crusades: Jerusalem, Islam and the Silk Roads, What were the problems with Medieval monarchs?, What was life like in Medieval England? and Why are the Tudor family so famous?
- Year 8 MYP Year 2: The British Empire and her colonies, The Transatlantic Slave trade, Industrial Britain: How did industrialisation lead to an increase in crime in Whitechapel?, Why did a World War break out in 1914?, The life and impact of WW1 and Women’s Suffrage.
- Year 9 MYP Year 3: Thematic Study: British Migration, The rise of twentieth century dictators, Twentieth century genocides: The Holocaust, Bosnian and Rwandan, The American Civil Rights movement, The South African Apartheid and Independence in the Middle East.
- Year 10 – 11 GCSE (Edexcel): Medicine in Britain, c.1250-present, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c.1060-88 and Superpower Relations and The cold War, 1941-91.
- Year 12 – 13 IB History HL: Rights and Protest (The Civil Rights Movement in the United States, 1954-1965 and Apartheid in South Africa, 1948-1964), Authoritarian States (China, Germany and Cuba), Superpower tensions and rivalries: The Cold War and The History of Europe (Europe and the First World War, Interwar domestic developments in European states and Diplomacy in Europe.)
The breadth and depth of the History curriculum will ensure that all students can be challenged in developing the skills and knowledge needed for them to be successful. This will ensure that they have the ability to access the next step in their education and in their lives. This is evident in our excellent exam results at GCSE level, where our students achieved above national average, as well as throughout IB grades in which 100% of students achieved a grade 4 or above. Students have gone on to pursue their passion for History at university level as well as other students being able to use their skills to gain apprenticeships in other sectors.