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It is often argued that ‘history is written by the victor’ and that the past is simply a collection of stories, that are outdated and unimportant to the world around them.
At Harris Girls academy we strongly challenge this proposition and would argue that while it may be the case that History is written by the victor, it should never be forgotten, nor accepted, and that it is the role of the current generation to rewrite this, learn from the past and forge a new and better world around them.
All pupils are given the opportunity to study History at Key Stage 3 in order to develop their comprehension of the world around them and perhaps more importantly understand how this came to be.
Within Key Stage 3, our curriculum offers them the opportunity to discover the changing nature of the British Isles through invasion, reform, revolution, empire and war. We also explore its impact upon the World and investigate both the negative and positive elements of this controversial and topical period.
We also aim to offer an alternative voice than just the victors, through our exploration of Islamic as well as African civilisation units, ensuring all Key Stage 3 students receive a diverse and fulfilling history, representing the world we now inhabit.
Within Key Stage 4 we follow the EDEXCEL exam board which offers the students the chance to study the development of crime and punishment in Britain from c.1000 to the present, Elizabethan England 1558-1588, Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991.
We believe this enables students to have a strong understanding of the world around them, the manner by which it has been shaped and continues to evolve, and the understanding of its importance in attempting to prevent the same perils in the future.
We believe History can open the door to a wide variety of careers and not just the obvious ones. The study of History is also very practical and teaches you vital skills that employers value and the world around you requires.
We strongly believe our curriculum offers you the ability to:
- Learn about people
- Learn to locate and sift facts
- Handle evidence to make informed decisions
- Communicate your ideas and thoughts in a way that makes sense to others
- Learn about countries, societies and cultures other than your own
We therefore invite you to write your own version of History, to not allow the ‘victors’ to have the final word but instead seek to employ a study of the past to help create a better future for all.
The long term plan (LTP) for each year group can be downloaded below.