Curriculum Intent Statement

Curriculum statement: History.

‘’ - A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey.


History at NUSA is an academic subject rich in powerful knowledge of global, national and local events which have shaped the social and cultural world around us. The pursuit of History at NUSA broadens our student’s understandings of the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change over time and its links to modern society as well as unravel the diversity within society and the relationships between different groups. History allows pupils to interlink the challenges of the present with those of the past and in doing so immerse themselves within the cultural capital of time.
Powerful knowledge of History ensures students are given the opportunity to become more confident, creative, resilient and critical thinkers. Through the critical evaluation of contemporary sources and historian’s interpretations, students are given powerful over their knowledge. Students will have the confidence to undertake self-directed learning and pose their own questions, and to formulate their own opinions.

Curriculum features:

Students studying History will be equipped with second order concepts, including; change and continuity, cause and consequence, significance, similarity and differences. With these skills students will be able to analyse, explain and understand the past, whilst also developing transferable skills helping them to become well rounded individuals. Through the development of the language of the past, students become effective communicators of the present. Students study a wide range of historical periods from medieval to modern day, and study the past from a variety of standpoints and to make connections and comparisons over time. Throughout both key stages, spaced recall and retrieval practice increases student’s confidence with powerful knowledge. At KS4 students develop a greater depth of powerful knowledge and skill, building on the skills and foundation of KS3.


Out-of-class activities most notably homework is a mixture of recall to provide students with spaced retrieval practice and project based work which is designed to extend pupils cultural capital through self-driven research of British and wider world History so that they have a deeper understanding of past and can understand the process of change.
To further develop pupil’s cultural capital, History offers a range of experiences outside the classroom environment. Past experiences have included a KS3 visit to Bolsover castle, where students had the opportunity to chart change upon the English landscape from the Norman Conquest to Tudors. In the future we hope to offer a year 8 trip to the Imperial War Museum, in order to develop students learning experience and their cultural understanding of the world at war and the how this impacts their lives today.
In addition to out-of-school activities, the History Department runs enrichment based clubs in order to motivate, inspire and increase the depth of powerful knowledge students can access across both key stages. Past experiences have included, a KS4 History Master Class to critically explore the wider context of the GCSE course. At KS3 the History Enrichment club allows students the opportunity to explore their own historical interests through self-directed learning but also to encourage greater links with the curriculum in class.

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