To extend our students’ intellectual horizons, creating knowledgeable, tolerant and respectful young adults, who understand the root of people’s differences.
We firmly believe that every child has the right to the best that has been thought and said; by being informed, challenged and engaged, we enable our students to become lifelong learners.
Our students are immersed in knowledge, which allows them to develop a secure understanding of English, British and world history until the present day. Students study history chronologically, beginning with Norman England, through medieval life, Britain’s changing role in the world, and culminating with the conflicts and changes of the 21st century that continue to shape the world we live in today. The curriculum is taught through a range of high-order concepts such as, cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance, interpretations and source enquiry. We aim to challenge every student appropriate to their prior knowledge and starting point, and believe all students should have access to a breadth of knowledge.
As well as academic disciplinary knowledge, our curriculum will equip students for success in the 21st century, both as a result of the skills embedded in our lessons but also as a result of carefully selected subject knowledge. Through this our students will finish their History studies with the ability to critique the world around and communicate for a variety of purposes, which will serve them well in the workplace.
As well as our exciting, demanding and varied curriculum, the History department offers a range of extra-curricular opportunities including visiting speakers, local visits and trips further abroad.
At Magna Academy, our History curriculum is compulsory until students finish Year 9. Students are taught by passionate, expert teachers who are committed to securing progress both in terms of academic achievement and global awareness and understanding.
This History curriculum is full of opportunities to be immersed in challenging content and literature with appropriate scaffolding to enhance all students’ cultural capital as well as their historical knowledge. The knowledge to be taught has been carefully selected to ensure connectivity between all key stages and where appropriate other disciplines.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of historical sources and interpretations. This will provide opportunities to engage critically with material which stretches their understanding. We also aim to challenge common misconceptions about the past, particularly surrounding British Imperialism, the Holocaust and life in the Middle Ages. A breadth of knowledge across a variety of contrasting topics is supported by an assessment structure that recalls prior learning across KS3 and KS4. Knowledge organisers are used to support students in learning the fundamental facts of each topic. Students in History develop their vocabulary skills through explicit teaching of tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary.
Students will make progress according to their understanding of cause and consequence, change of continuity, interpretation, source analysis and historical literacy. Throughout the year these skills are entwined into enquiries that facilitate accurate assessment of understanding and progression. The culmination of the history curriculum enables students to leave Magna equipped with the knowledge of how society’s problems have been dealt with in the past to help them deal with the issues of today.