Welcome to the History Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mrs C Howarth (Head of Department)
  • Miss N Atkinson
  • Miss T Hannah
  • Mr J Duncan
  • Miss J Phillips ( Department Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs J Jessop ( Department Teaching Assistant)

Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.

Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.

'Only the best will do!'

What exactly do they learn?

The main concepts of Conflict, Power, Society and Religion are woven throughout the KS3 curriculum and constantly revisited.

Long term plans show a balance of overview and in depth studies and are taught in a chronological order.

Opportunities for HAPS and additional reading is identified in plans.

At key stage 4 students follow the GCSE Edexcel course and at Key stage 5 AQA A level.

How do you measure attainment and progress?

Students are assessed on a termly basis in line with the whole school policy, grades are given and published for reports for parents.

The department use both verbal and written feedback and allow student's time for reflection, review and improvement of work.

What's the purpose of teaching your subject?

In the long term students will remember content and be able to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Our purpose is to produce students who are prepared to lead, be decision makers and have the ability to communicate effectively. They will be able to reflect and adapt to situations around them by being independent and critical thinkers.

What did they learn at primary?

The History Department have liaised with feeder primaries initially and looked at their curriculum plans to identify popular topics and what content and skills are taught.

The starting topic in year 7 of Anglo Saxon England and the year 1066 enables students to have a starting point and consolidate and extend on prior knowledge.

What order do you teach things in and why?

Topics are taught in sequential order. Key themes are woven into the Key stage 3 curriculum and constantly revisited and tested.

How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?

Students enjoy history at Archbishop Beck and this can be seen in positive numbers at both KS4 and 5.

An inspiring learning environment is created to allow all students to participate and make progress.

How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?

Students have opportunities to participate in a number of trips abroad. Visits to the local museums are encouraged and links have been forged with local universities. All students are encouraged to read around the subject, from the History libary.