History is like a tapestry of different stories and versions of the past which have been woven together over time. History at All Hallows’ aims to provide students not only with a broad and diverse knowledge of the past but also give students the right tools in which to pick these stories apart, to uncover the different narratives of history and to critically examine them.
Our key stage 3 curriculum will be centred on four main themes which are revisited as the students travel from pre-1066 to the late 20th century:
These themes not only help to frame students’ understanding of significant historical events but also help them to navigate vast time periods whilst developing an awareness of the key concepts such as religious, political, social and economic history.
Our aim is to help students understand their own context, and so where appropriate we explore local people and events alongside national and global history. It is important that students develop an appreciation for key developments over time, the cause and consequence of these. Students will consider elements of change, continuity, similarity and difference to assess the significance of events and how events in the past have shaped the present.
At the end of their time at All Hallows’ we hope that students are curious about the past, that they can engage in current historical debates, and that they can critically question historical sources and interpretations.
Students will have the opportunity to visit the battlefields and cemeteries of the Western Front in order to broaden their understanding of the events of WW1 and to commemorate and pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.