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Curriculum

History

In History lessons at Tiffin, we make sense of the past and give it meaning by creating stories about it. Therefore the construction of meaningful narratives is key to understanding the past.  Our curriculums at KS3, KS4 and KS5 seek to provide students with coherent and meaningful historical narratives by following a sequence of topics that are conceptually interlinked and chronologically sequenced.

We build our investigations over a sequence of lessons using the enquiry method. We teach enquiry explicitly to students and discuss how interpretations are ‘constructed’ from sources and how they compete with one another to produce historiographical debates. We use trips to further understanding of interpretations and look at different types of sources. We teach source skills of comprehension, inference and utility. Finally, we seek to explain the purposes that have motivated historians to write history; such as the desire to learn more about the human condition; to explain our place in the world and to bring about political change in the present.

The past is a diverse place and our curriculum places the representation of women, racial minorities and people from the LGBT
community at its heart.

Examples of Topics Covered at KS3
  • The Black Death
  • Joan of Arc
  • The Crusaders
  • The Reign of Elizabeth I
  • The Holocaust
  • Why was ‘race’ invented?
  • Desegregation
Examples of Topics Covered at KS4
  • Anglo Saxon England
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Nazi Germany
  • The Cold War
History Curriculum Statement

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