History

The Ark Putney History Curriculum intent is to ensure students have broad and strong substantive knowledge of the past, as well as an understanding of the disciplinary skills required of history. The study of History allows students to build a useable picture of the past, understanding both British, European and world events from which they can gain a greater understanding of the present. History students will learn how historical knowledge is attained, its relationship to evidence and the way historians reach and present a judgment.

KS3 (Year 7 -9)

Content Assessment
The purpose of our Key Stage 3 curriculum is to ensure students have broad and strong substantive knowledge of the past, as well as an understanding of the disciplinary skills required of history. 

Students will learn about the past chronologically, starting with the first civilisations of Mesopotamia, travelling through the rise of empires from the Islamic to the Roman and British, the evolving role of religion and government and studying the changes in warfare over time from the Battle of Hastings to the Cold Wars. At the end of Key Stage 3 students will have a bigger chronological picture of the past, and will be able to think, write and talk like an accomplished Historian.

Students complete regular Big Writes in class to assess substantive knowledge and disciplinary skills. These provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate both their subject knowledge and their historical skills. 

Students will sit termly examinations which assess all content covered that year, culminating in end of year assessments for students to show off everything they learned.

 

History GCSE (Year 10 & 11)

Content Assessment
The purpose of our Key Stage 4 curriculum is to give students a taste of the scope and diversity offered by studying History.  Our offer ensure students study social, political, national and international history, all whilst building upon their chronological picture of the past from Key Stage 3. Students will explore how medicine and treatment has changed over time, how Germany feel into the hands of the Nazis, the impressive reign of Elizabeth I and question the impact of the European settlers in America.
This broad offer aims to spike interest in our students and draw them in to study History beyond GCSE.
Students are assessed termly using past paper exam questions from Edexcel. This ensure students are well equipped for their GCSE exams and have had lots of opportunities to practise and master the skills needed to be a successful GCSE 

 

History A Level

Content Assessment
Our Key Stage 5 curriculum aims to give students yet further exposure to the scope that History can offer, and prepare them for university study. Students will study 4 separate units, although as they learn they will be able to identify the overlaps between the units: The American Dream 1917-1980, The rise and fall of the British Empire, South Africa and the Apartheid, and the causes of the mysterious Salem witch trials.

Students will study the role of politics and power, of expansion and trade, and race and equality. They will be able to link these units to both the past and the world in which they currently live, and in doing so they will get to think like great historians.

Students are assessed using past paper exam questions from Edexcel. They will regularly complete essays in class and at home to provide them with opportunities to develop their historical writing further. 

Students will sit full past papers for their units at the end of Year 12 and again in Year 13 to ensure they have mastered the historical writing required of an A-Level historian.