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Curriculum Rationale: History

Our history curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the necessary academic skills and intellectual habits that will enable them to gain a thorough understanding of the consequences of past historical events in order that they are able to think both critically and analytically about the political, social, cultural, economic and democratic issues that our current world faces.

The history curriculum is a vehicle to social justice and promotes common values of diversity, tolerance, equality and democracy. We aspire to create a new generation of skilful young historians that look at the world around them and see the historical landscape that has been shaped over the last 4,000 years, allowing them access to this treasure through a razor-sharp focus on reading, speaking and writing.

We aim to ensure that all our pupils who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these pupils have the time they need to study important subject content in history.

Curriculum Intent: History

The King’s Leadership Academy Hawthornes history curriculum has been developed to ensure that all pupils:

Year 7 curriculum overview

Year 8 curriculum overview

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines more precisely the exact subject knowledge that your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that subject staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Hawthornes.


In order to check how well our pupils are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. These include diagnostic questions to reveal your child’s historical preconceptions and common misunderstandings, questioning and end of topic/learning cycle assessments.