Why do we study History?

The History Department believes that: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ (George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1, 1905)

As we strive to make the subject meaningful for all students; lessons in history will provide opportunities for reflective experiences, the ability to put our lives today into context and fully prepare our young people as well-informed citizens.

Studying history can launch enthusiasm and determination in students to understand how and why the past shapes our future. History can also help us to emphasise the need for tolerance and understanding in today’s society. History allows us to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the processes of change, diversity of different societies and relationships between different groups. History can aid us to understand our own identity. History can offer us the chance to comprehend challenges which people have faced in their time, as well as recognising the challenges we face today.

Studying history means being able to write (and talk) in increasingly more sophisticated ways and confidently answering enquiry based questions to allow deeper conceptual thinking. Studying history means increasing our depth of knowledge, language, use of evidence and key ideas.

Year 7

Learning Outcomes

  • Build upon understanding the chronology of key periods, events and people. Increasing confidence with evidence, and its uses – including key terms. Understand how to carry out historical enquiries and testing of hypotheses. Examine similarity and differences across periods of history and make links between and across arches of time. Show understanding of different interpretations
  • Develop skills of extended writing with clear focus on constructing and sustaining a line of argument and writing accounts
  • Develop the ability to apply knowledge to specific questions
  • Develop skills of source analysis with particular focus on the usefulness and purpose of sources, as well as beginning to look at interpretations
  • Develop understanding of second order concepts within topics, such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, significance and the 5R’s
  • Identify features and main events across the Roman period to the Middle Ages

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

1. What is History? A historical skills unit

2. The impact that the Roman invasion had on Britain and the north east of England

Spring Term

1. The big problem of 1066 and reasons why the Normans won the Battle of Hastings

2. Life after the Norman Conquest – What changes the Normans brought

Summer Term

1. Life in the Middle Ages

2. The power struggles in the Middle Ages between church and crown