Head of History : Mr J James j.james@kirkburtonmiddleschool.co.uk

‘History is usually presented as a set of facts and dates of victories and defeats, or monarchs and presidents. Consigned to an unchanging past. But it’s not like that at all. History is the knitting together of rival interpretations: deliberate manipulations of the truth and sometimes alternative facts.’ Lucy Worsley 2019

The purpose of the History curriculum at Kirkburton Middle School is to give pupils a broad knowledge and understanding of significant people, events and developments in Britain and the wider world from the Roman Period through to the 20th century. Within this there will be aspects of depth and thematic study.

We aim to develop the discipline of History by developing key skills and assessing these through a range of KPIs (Key performance indicators) below. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation for those who opt to study History at GCSE and focuses on Significance, explanation of causes, developments and source work. We want our students to be able to communicate enthusiastically and knowledgably about the past and aim to develop high levels of written communication as well as the confidence to argue their points convincingly.

  • Chronological Understanding
  • Communicating using Historical/Analytical Narrative
  • Using evidence
  • Interpretation
  • Causation and Significance
  • Change and continuity

As pupils begin each unit they need to know how it fits into the wider whole so they can see  / learn the particular by locating it in the general. To see trends in history we want to explore recurring thematic themes and use these to map out history and provide a context for deeper learning and understanding

Power and protest Study the changing nature of power and control. How power has been challenged through history and ultimately how democracy was developed.
History as progress Develop a sense of development over time. Appreciate how and why progress was made sometimes in a short space of time whereas sometimes very little progress, even regression, was made for long periods of time.
Beliefs and attitudes How beliefs and attitudes have developed over time and influenced actions.
Health and living conditions The topic of health and sanitation is fundamental to human society but also provides a foundation for later study.
Empire, Migration and settlement Look at how Empire and colonisation have shaped Britain and the wider world from the Ancient Romans through to the decline of the British Empire

What career…?

Historians can enjoy rich, rewarding and varied careers in writing and publishing, research, teaching and consultancy, to name just a few.

During Year 6 Pupils are expected to make progress against a range of Key Performance Indicators as outlined below

KPIs (Based around an idea of Historical Concepts)

  1. Knowledge and understanding (Including historical vocabulary and Chronology)
  2. Writing – Communicating using Analytical narrative
  3. Using Evidence
  4. Historical Interpretation
  5. Cause and Consequence (Including Significance)
  6. Change and Continuity (Including Similarity and Difference)

These KPIs are assessed throughout a range of topics

Pupils the Roman invasion of Britain. They study the Roman Empire and it expansion as well as why the Empire eventually collapsed.

  • Why did the Romans invade Britain?
  • How mighty was the Roman Army?
  • Why did Boudicca stand up to the Romans?
  • What did Boudicca really look like and how do we know?
  • Why were roads so important to the Roman Empire?
  • How innovative were the Romans?
  • Why did the Roman Empire collapse?

Summer Term

During the third term pupils look at the Period following the Romans and how Europe was thrown into the Dark Ages following the Collapse of Rome. In contrast the Islamic world thrived and pupils look at the so called ‘Golden age’ of Baghdad.

During Year 7 Pupils are expected to make progress against a range of Key Performance Indicators as outlined below

KS3 KPIs (Based around an idea of Historical Concepts)

  1. Knowledge and understanding (Including historical vocabulary and Chronology)
  2. Writing – Communicating using Analytical narrative
  3. Using Evidence
  4. Historical Interpretation
  5. Cause and Consequence (Including Significance)
  6. Change and Continuity (Including Similarity and Difference)

These KPIs are assessed throughout a range of topics

Autumn Term

Pupils study the Norman Conquest of England. This study looks at the events of 1066 from January through to Dec and then on the methods used by the Normans to conquer and control Saxon England

Spring Term

Pupils study Medieval Life. This study looks at living conditions and looks at the social, economic and political consequences of the Black Death.

Summer Term

During the third term pupils study the early modern period and how political power began to shift away from the power of monarchy.

During Year 8 Pupils are expected to make progress against a range of Key Performance Indicators as outlined below

KPIs (Based around an idea of Historical Concepts)

  1. Knowledge and understanding (Including historical vocabulary and Chronology)
  2. Writing – Communicating using Analytical narrative
  3. Using Evidence
  4. Historical Interpretation
  5. Cause and Consequence (Including Significance)
  6. Change and Continuity (Including Similarity and Difference)

These KPIs are assessed throughout a range of topics

Autumn Term

Pupils study the Industrial Revolution. They look at big changes that were both cause and consequence of the changes that took place, such as population and demographic change as well as technological developments and the growth of towns and cities.

Spring Term

Having studied the impact in Britain pupils turn their attention to international trade and study the Slave trade. This looks at Britain’s involvement, life on Plantations in America and then finally the abolition of slavery.

Summer Term

Pupils study WWI. They study both the long and short term causes of the conflict as well as the nature of trench warfare and the impact of new modern weaponry in warfare. Shelley College follow this unit in year 9 by looking at the Peace Treaty and the interwar years.

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