“Study the past if you would define the future”
Here at Verulam, we seek to offer a lively and engaging History curriculum that provides our students with a map with which to navigate and understand the past and the foundations of the society in which they live. This is achieved by studying a range of periods from the ancient past to events which continue to shape the twenty first century. Throughout each study, rigour is established through development of core study skills such as interpretation, causation and significance. Our aim is to ensure that pupils think critically about any information they are given and foster a rich understanding of their cultural heritage.
Students at Verulam explore the defining concepts of the past such as empire, democracy, revolution and revolt. Through this they develop an appreciation for not only the evolution of the nation they live in but of other cultures and how they have enriched or challenged Britain and the wider world. Studies in lesson are supported by an extra-curricular club and an increasing range of enriching trips.
Key Stage 3
This course introduces the skills needed by a historian to investigate and analyse the past. These are fostered through the study of a range of time periods and different societies to provide a greater awareness of national and global society and culture. This provides them with the foundational skills required for study at GCSE, both in History and other subjects. Pupils learn to structure a developed and detailed argument based on analysis of evidence in order to present a reasoned conclusion. We also develop students’ ability to analyse different sources of evidence and evaluate the interpretations of established historians.
The programme of study includes
- What is History? Key skills and concepts.
- Roman Empire – why was it so important?
- Anglo Saxon and Norman England
- Medieval Life
- Monarchy – just how powerful was the king in medieval times?
- Henry VIII – Hero or Monster?
- Elizabeth I – How successful was she?
- English Civil War
- Industrial Revolution
- British Empire
- World War One
- Gaining Rights
- World War Two
Assessments are mostly half-termly, with an end of year exam in Years 7 and 8. All assessments are designed to develop the skills required at GCSE level.
Home Learning is set weekly and seeks to support the development of knowledge and skills in class. Home Learning varies from reading to key term and topic tests as well as project work and revision for assessments.
Where can History take you?
The skills acquired through the study of History, at any level, are invaluable for an array of career paths. Those listed below show just a few which have a direct and indirect relation to the subject.
Careers directly related include:
- Heritage manager
- Historic buildings inspector or conservation officer
- Museum education officer
- Museum or gallery curator
- Museum or gallery exhibitions officer
Careers where the qualification would be useful:
- Editorial assistant
- Information officer
- Politician’s assistant
- Management consultancies
- Publishing companies
- Television and radio broadcasters.
How parents can support their child’s learning?
Parents can discuss with the students how they plan to manage their time for the home learning tasks. We strongly encourage students to gain background research from books rather than the internet as it is often age-inappropriate for students. The school library is well stocked and the librarians are more than willing to help students find their way to useful books, although encouraging students to use local libraries and books at home would also support us in this. Visiting historical sites and encouraging discussion about the topics studied in class is also useful.