History curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy
The departments vision,
Sequencing of lessons
In year 7, students will begin studying life in England with our curriculum that bridges the KS2 to KS3 jump. We then move on to our study of power and control in England in Medieval times. Throughout the year we then cover The Tudors and Stuarts time period including Henry VIII’s break with Rome and The English Civil War.
Year 8 topics of study focus on the Industrial Revolution, Empire, slavery and the history multicultural England.
We also complete a local study within History unit at KS3, where students focus on cultural capital; This also allows students to focus on British Values to consider potential solutions to conflict, promoting learners who are thoughtful, caring, and respectful of other communities.
When students enter KS4 they commence their GCSE course of study. Students study four different topics. The Units history units include Crime and Punishment over time, Early Elizabethan England, Super power relations and the Cold war and Weimar Nazi Germany.
Students in History receive regular formative assessments, lessons begin with do now re-cap activities including questions and recall tasks. This allows learners the opportunity to address misconceptions and embed their learning. Peer and self-assessments are built into the learning journey and schemes of learning to make learners clear on where they are working at.
At the end of each unit or topic covered, students will sit a formal summative assessment, focusing on their ability to recall and apply knowledge to historical skill questions. After each assessment, students complete a ‘response to marking’ section; ensuring students can evaluate their own strengths and areas for improvement. At this point, mastery tasks are provided to ensure students can work towards their targets and develop their understanding.