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Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to connect our students with the amazing variety of history around them, at international, national and local levels. During their time at OVA, they will build valuable knowledge that will help them understand and interpret the world around them during their life.
Connecting Young People to the Past – Many young people still find it difficult to articulate why they are studying history. At Victory, we will make our subject meaningful for all children and young people by relating history to their lives in the 21st century. We want our students to become curious, to develop their own opinions and values based on a respect for evidence, and to build a deeper understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past.
Historical Enquiry – The potential for pupils to undertake historical enquiry, to use historical sources constructively, to engage with a range of historical interpretations and to communicate their understanding in creative and historically rigorous ways has yet to be fully realised. We belief that the following features should underpin the learning of history in schools: building knowledge; pursuing historical enquiries; engaging with evidence and interpretations; communicating in rigorous and creative ways.
Diversity – Our students should study a range of periods in history; civilisations and cultures beyond Europe; local and family history; social and cultural history. Our history curriculum should reflect the continuing social, cultural and ethnic diversity of Britain.
Enjoyment – learning history should be an enjoyable and life-enhancing experience for all children and young people, providing the foundations for lifelong thinking and engagement with history. We are committed to developing approaches to teaching and learning that combine enjoyment and active engagement with historical rigour.
History Around Us – Engaging with ‘history around us’, and considering what the historic environment can tell us about people’s lives and beliefs in the past, are some of the most stimulating aspects of learning history. We believe that there should be more opportunities for children and young people to study ‘history around us’ and it continues to develop innovative approaches to the study of the historic environment.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for History. Students will follow a Humanities rotation consisting of History and Geography, alternating each half term.

In History students will study:

  • Year 7 Term 1: Who deserves to be King in 1066? How Nasty were the Normans, which type of medieval castle would you choose to live in and how to cure the Black Death? By investigating these questions students will develop their source analysis skill and historical knowledge. Be prepared for some gruesome facts!
  • Year 7 Term 2: Students look at the roles that different kings and queens played in changing England form the Tudor period right up to the Victorian era. They also look at the relationship between the crown and Parliament, culminating in the English Civil War and the reign of Oliver Cromwell.
  • Year 7 Term 3: Students look at the slave trade and the role it played in the development of the British Empire. They will also explore what life was like in Victorian Britian focusing in on how lives were changed by the industrial revolution.
  • Year 8 Term 1: Students will explore how the Europe stumbled to war at the start of the 20th Century, looking at the cause of the First World War, as well as what conditions were like during the conflict. Students will develop their historical skills and knowledge, and be encouraged to explore their own family and community involvement in these two momentous events.
  • Year 8 Term 2: Students study the impact of the Second World War across the world. They will explore how the conflict involved and impacted upon different groups from across the world.
  • Year 8 Term 3: Students will explore what the Holocaust was, and how it was able to happen. Students will explore how the world has developed since 1945, exploring the Cold War, Civil Rights and changes in society. Students will be encouraged to consider how much the world has changed over the whole course during this unit.

Key Stage 4

Course Introduction

  • History enables students to make sense of the world around them by learning about events,  important people and societies from the past.
  • In History, students will become detectives and use evidence to draw conclusions about different eras and time periods.
  • Not only will students learn about the past they will also look at how it has influenced today’s society and learn about the present day.
  • Students will study a brand new GCSE specification which will give them opportunity to study the three main periods of history; Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History.
  • History also enables students to develop their written and verbal communication skills which can lead to many careers.

Progression and Careers

Students who study GCSE history can progress on to study it further at both A Level and degree standard. Those who study a history degree should be practised in applying lessons of the past to help resolve problems of the present, and have the ability to apply an analytical mind set to all kinds of situations and challenges. These problem-solving and analytical skills are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments, particularly in the fields of business, politics and academia. For this reason history is a highly sought after degree for those wishing to attend university in a range of subjects. There is no typical career for history graduates with some working in careers ranging from law and accounting to teaching or working in museums.

Key Stage 5

Students complete three different units over the two years. The three units consist of: The Tudors 1485-1603; Germany 1918-1945 and a coursework unit examining Indian independence.

Progression Pathways

Subject Progression History

Curriculum Overview

History Curriculum Overview 2021 Autumn Half Term

History Team

Mr MayhewMiss BorlandMrs BowesMr BuntingMr Thorrold
Mr MayhewMiss BorlandMrs BowesMr BuntingMr ThorroldMiss Ward
Curriculum Leader of HistoryTeacher of History and PsychologyTeacher of HistoryAssistant Principal for Teaching and TrainingTeacher of HistoryTeacher of History


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