What is the curriculum trying to achieve?

Studying History compels us to ask and answer questions about people and events in the past which help us to better understand our present.  We think it is important to develop cultural capital by investigating historical narratives, debates and dilemmas locally, nationally and globally through an engaging curriculum that makes useful connections about the past.  We aim to make sure that students can evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past and substantiate judgements they make – all skills that will be extremely useful beyond their time at The Downs School. As a result, we ensure that our KS3 Curriculum is coherent, well-sequenced and knowledge-rich.  

How do we organise learning?    

Each of our subjects organises learning to achieve our federation vision of ‘Educating today’s students for the world of tomorrow: a seamless education from 4 to 19’.  Please click here to see a visual map of students’ planned ‘learning journey’ in History across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

To see more detail on what we teach at each Key Stage, please click the relevant links below:

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 10 curriculum summary

Year 11 curriculum summary

Year 12 curriculum summary

Year 13 curriculum summary

Anything else?

If you have any questions about our curriculum or require more information, please contact the Head of Faculty by emailing contact@thedownsschool.org

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