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KS3 History

Our History curriculum at James Hornsby seeks to help pupils to be able to explain the world as it is by exploring the world as it was. Our curriculum is ambitious taking pupils on a journey starting 12,000 years ago at the dawn of the agricultural revolution and humanity as we know it today. Pupils will learn about the events that have helped to shape our country and the wider world and importantly, the role that Britain has played for better or worse in the current world order.  As pupils develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, they will ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. Pupils will explore perspectives surrounding historical people and events, engaging critically with historical sources. History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are valued, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society, and an understanding of life in modern Britain. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.

KS4 History

History is an academic study of the past and examines the causes, consequences, significance and impact of historical events, ideas and individuals on the world. Students will be able to investigate history from a social, economic, political, military, religious and cultural point of view through the analysis and evaluation of historical sources and contextual knowledge. Content studied includes Medicine from c1250 to Modern Times, the Western Front, Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939, The American West and Early Elizabethan England.


3 Written examinations. No controlled assessment or coursework.
Paper 1 - Historic environment and thematic study. 1hr 15 min written exam, 30%
of overall qualification.
Paper 2 - Period study and British depth study. 1hr 45min written exam, 40% of
overall qualification.
Paper 3 - Modern depth study. 1hr 15 min written exam, 30% of overall


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