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At Castle Donington College, we believe that a high-quality History curriculum should inspire in pupils, a curiosity and fascination about the history of the world and its people. The history curriculum we offer will prepare pupils to identify significance, change and continuity, cause and consequence and diversity across their courses of study. 

History fires pupils‘curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils should consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people‘s actions. As they do this, we hope they will develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They will be able to see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. 

What they learn in history lessons can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. The skills of research, sifting through evidence, and presenting and argue for their point of view, are valuable skills to use in adult life.

At KS3, pupils develop the same skills and second-order concepts that they will need to succeed at KS4. History in Years 7, 8 and 9 provides the opportunity to prepare a foundation of core knowledge for the substantive knowledge and first-order concepts needed in later study. It also provides a sense of place and time for all pupils and explores the core British values. 

The course mirrors the ambition of the national curriculum and the approach to the KS4 specification, allowing pupils to encounter a depth study, breadth study and period study. Our KS3 topics provide pupils with an inspiring, engaging and challenging curriculum. There is a diverse range of historical events, people and themes, which engage pupils and encouraged them to think about the big picture of religious change, political change, demographic change and human experience. Throughout the course pupils gain an understanding of the changing nature and meaning of key concepts such as ‘democracy’ and ‘parliament’ over time.

Pupils receive 2 lessons of History each fortnight in KS3 as part of a Humanities curriculum. Pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups throughout and teacher expertise and differentiated resources are used effectively to support, stretch and challenge all pupils.

History is taught to all pupils in all years in mixed ability groups. Pupils follow discreet units in Year 7 and 8 under the broader Humanities curriculum and then specialise in Year 9, with key skills running throughout.