At Harris Church of England Academy we seek to promote an enjoyment of history that naturally promotes imagination, reflection and ultimately progress. We seek to develop the analytical skills of our students and nurture their ability to evaluate the significance of events, people, and historical sources. To summarise we hope:
- To develop in young people a knowledge and understanding of events of the past.
- To develop skills of causes and consequences, interpretation and importance.
- To encourage pupils to have an appreciation of the world around us, in particular why and how the world is shaped today as a result of the past.
Currently in History students cover a variety of topics. In Year 7 students cover: Introduction to key skills, Norman Invasion, Medieval Life, Power in the Medieval World, Renaissance and Making of the UK. In Year 8 students cover: Early colonies and the Empire, America the early 20th Century, Industrial Revolution, Victorian Life and World War 1.
At KS4 Historians follow the AQA 9-1 8145 course covering the American West, World War One, A History of Medicine and the Early Reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
SMSC IN HISTORY
Empathy is an intrinsic skill to History. Therefore, the experiences of people through time allow students to consider events of History from a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural perspective.
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORY
Students explore the influence the Church has on state e.g. medieval historical events in both KS3 studies and GCSE medicine unit. The impact spiritual leaders have had positively on Britain and the World e.g. Civil Rights Leaders.
MORAL DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORY
Students in both Key stages regularly consider the decisions made by governments and individuals and how it may influence the moral well-being of people. An example of this would be the comparative study of the bombing of Coventry and Dresden at KS3.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORY
Current social issues are regularly explored and historical events often linked to current affairs. An example of social development studied is the GCSE controlled assessment topics of the Suffragette movement.
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN HISTORY
Cultural development of Britain and the World is studied in many different ways and in a number of topics. One particular technique is to use contemporary art as a “way in” to learning e.g. the different forms and uses of propaganda.