A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Key Stage 3

At Westborough High School we aim to not only give all pupils a historical education which excites, inspires and challenges them; and not only one which enables them to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSEs; but one which leads to them becoming happy, responsible and fulfilled members of society. Pupils will study the history of Dewsbury, and the role it played in making Britain the country it is. They will study medicine through time, from the Egyptians mummifying the dead, to the very latest technologies. Pupils will study the major events and most significant people in British and world history, and consider what it is which has made Britain the country that it is today.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will learn a thematic study on Migrants to Britain, c.1250 to present. They will understand the changes and continuities in migration during these dates. Pupils will learn a British Depth Study on the Norman Conquest 1065-1087 focusing on different interpretations of Norman England and will also study the historic environment of a local site. Pupils will learn about the making of America, 1789-1900 and understand how and why American territory expanded during these years and the relationship between this expansion and the culture of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans. Finally the course will cover Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945. Learners will understand the impact of Nazi dictatorship on people’s lives.

Implementation of the curriculum

The national curriculum

Exam specification

Long term plan