History at The MFG
“To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child”. Cicero, Roman statesman and orator.
History at KS3
A high quality history education will help students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all students:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind;
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’;
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses;
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed;
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
The History department is passionate about fostering an environment of challenge, collaboration and enquiry in the classroom. We see the past as an opportunity to learn about the present and feel it is vital that our students recognise that history is about human interaction and developing an understanding of why people acted and continue to act in ways that lead to both conflict and enlightenment. From the Middle Ages through to the catastrophe of two World Wars in the 20th century, we aim to imbue students with the knowledge of their history, the development of modern Britain and an understanding of the complex world they currently live in.
External visits at KS3
In the future, the department would like to run a trip to Belgium and France to support work carried out in class about fighting on the Western Front in WWI. This would also link to one of the topics on the new GCSE course.