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History at Oak Academy History helps us to understand the world we live in

History Teaching Staff

  • Mrs S Sinaguglia
  • Mr I Nicholl
  • Mr P Robinson

Why History is Important

History equips students with skills essential to life beyond school, supporting them to become global citizens able to make a positive contribution to society. Through their study of history at Oak Academy, students will:

  • Recognise the rights of all people and be aware of the development of these rights in Britain and the wider world.
  • Be hungry for knowledge to ascertain accuracy and independent in their quest to enrich this knowledge at every opportunity.
  • Be highly reflective, able to identify strengths and skills which require focus.
  • Be critical thinkers: questioning the past, present and future.
  • Be analytical in their review of sources of information and evaluative in their consideration of interpretations.
  • Have a secure knowledge and understanding of key substantive concepts which support an informed understanding of contemporary politics.
  • Have an appreciation of the arts, science, and languages, embedded in their study of historical sources and interpretations.
  • Articulate their thinking both verbally and in written responses.
  • Listen and respond in an informed manner anchored in rich knowledge and understanding.
  • Know and understand their local context whilst always looking beyond the confines of these islands and this continent.
  • Be able to synthesise their knowledge across a diverse spectrum of history both chronologically and geographically.

Teaching and Learning in History

Students will develop their understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance, across all key stages. The curriculum is primarily sequenced chronologically to give a clear understanding of the transition to modernity over time. Chronological study is supported by thematic overviews, which support students in making connections between periods in history. Storytelling is central to supporting mastery and competence, and students are introduced to personal stories and oral history whenever possible. Students at all key stages are presented with historical enquiries to support them in deploying skills to discern how interpretations of the past have been constructed.

In history we make use of both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is used throughout every lesson and can take the form of teacher questioning, recap and retrieval quizzes, live marking, multiple choice questions and peer and self-assessment. Students and teachers can use the results of this assessment to identify areas of strength and areas that require further attention. This is the main form of assessment that enables us to progress student’s knowledge and understanding of the topics we study.

All students of history at Oak Academy have membership of the Historical Association and are encouraged to listen to podcasts both here and on other platforms, such as the Imperial War Museum and In Our Time. Regular use is made of historical scholarship to support students’ wider engagement with the subject.

Curriculum Vision History

Key Stage 3

History at KS3 sees students responding to a series of enquiry questions, across three themes: Year 7 Power and the People in the Medieval world, Year 8 the Age of Revolution in Early Modern history and Year 9 the Age of Empire and Conflict in the Modern world. Students are encouraged to explore history through a variety of lenses, ensuring they have an authentic encounter with people from the past.

Key Stage 4

Students in year 11 are completing the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History specification.

Students in year 10 at Oak Academy follow the AQA 8145 GCSE History specification, which can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145

The qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students will take assessments in both of the following papers in the same series:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period study AB Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship

Section B: BA Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894-1918

Assessment: written exam 2 hours 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic study AC Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day

Section B: British depth study including the historic environment BC Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

Assessment: written exam 2 hours 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation, and grammar) 50% of GCSE