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The History Department has 4 full time members of staff who share 3 classrooms.

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

Curriculum Intent:

We believe History should contribute to the knowledge and skills that our pupils will need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences prized in adult life. The History department passionately feels, in this way, it can powerfully address some of the social disadvantages a significant number of our pupils have.

We believe knowledge is the golden thread which runs through our subject on which pupil’s skills develop. Our History curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new historical knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points. We have a curriculum which is constantly building towards what pupils need to know and what they need to do to be able to reach those end points. Our History Curriculum reflects our local context and addresses typical gaps in their historical knowledge and skills.

We want our pupils to know and understand the history of the nation of which they are part. Pupils will have a coherent chronological narrative of from the earliest times to the present day. Pupils will know how the lives those before them have shaped the wider world and world in which they live. Pupils will know and understand the significance of the past world events that have shaped our past and influence the future. Our pupils will have a broad and deep historical vocabulary which will give them depth and understanding in other areas of life. Pupils will understand historical concepts in context.  Philips High pupils will discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. They will know and understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims,

Ultimately, we are building an ever-adapting History curriculum to provide our pupils the essential historical knowledge need to be well-rounded, educated, questioning citizens with an appreciation of human achievement and creativity.

KS3 YEAR 7 1066, Medieval life, The Tudors, Slavery, Local History Project (Liverpool and Manchester)
YEAR 8 Titanic, Suffragettes, WW1, WW2, The Holocaust.
YEAR 9 Civil Rights, The Cold War, The Vietnam War, Terrorism.
KS4 Edexcel GCSE 1-9: YEAR 10: Medicine Through Time, Germany 1919-1939 Year 11: The Era of the Cold War and Elizabethan England.

If you would like more information about your child’s work in History please contact the Head of Department: Mr Fleming