Head of Department: Ms J. Wood
“The function of the historian is neither to love the past nor to emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present”.
History is the study of people. It is an exploration of their strengths, their weaknesses, their successes, and, above all, their impact on those around them. By studying the world that has gone before us, we begin to see how it has shaped the world around us. Through the study of History, we can develop an understanding of human behaviour, and learn to question accepted ideas, developing and sustaining arguments in order to gain a true understanding of the world we live in and our part within it. We learn how to appreciate different opinions and understand the purpose of people’s actions. We identify patterns, challenge orthodoxies and form opinions. In sum, we develop a full understanding of all that surrounds us.
We aim to not only provide our students not only with a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the past, but also to enable them to think critically about the world around them. Students should expect to be challenged in their lessons and in their set homework pieces, both academically and in terms of their character; we believe that the study of history is key to the development of every child’s ability to empathise with others and remain resilient in the face of challenge.
Key Stage 3 students at Laureate Academy study a rigorous historical curriculum, specially designed by our sponsor, Future Academies. This scheme of study has been built around a core structure of historical knowledge and disciplinary concepts that students will utilise at Key Stage 3, GCSE and beyond. Using a chronological framework, students explore not just British history, but also global history, such as the Holocaust, the American and French Revolutions and the Islamic Golden Age. At the end of Year 9, we hope that students will have fostered a passion for the subject, and we expect them to have developed a wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of the last thousand years of history, both of their local area and of the wider world.
In Year 7, students study the development of England, exploring how it developed from an insignificant Roman colony into a European power. They will explore medieval kingship, warfare, revolt and development up until the Wars of the Roses and the start of the early modern period.
In Year 8, students begin with a ‘breadth study’ focusing on sanitation through time, before delving into the Stuarts and the Civil War, evaluating why France and America had revolutions but England did not. The year culminates with an evaluation of the successes and failures of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire.
At GCSE, students study a wide-range of historical periods, encompassing Norman England, a case study on the history of medicine, and the European conflicts of the first-half of the 20th century.