“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” David MaCullough.
History, at Dartmouth Academy, aims to inspire pupils to deepen their understanding of the people, periods and events studied and enable them to think critically, weight evidence, sift arguments, make informed decisions and develop perspective and judgement. These skills are highly prized and will prepare young people for their role in society as informed, thoughtful and active citizens.
Our KS3 curriculum is designed to give pupils the foundation required to develop critical, analytical skills and build literacy. We cover a broad sweep of British, European and World History from medieval times through to the twentieth century. We develop and enrich contextual knowledge to help pupils understand and appreciate trends across time in the arts, sciences, the humanities and literature as well as in history.
At KS4 in year 9, pupils begin their GCSE study as part of their option subjects. We follow the Schools History Project curriculum, OCR B. Pupils take their exams in history at the end of year 11. At KS4 we build on the curriculum learnt at KS3, covering units such as the Norman Conquest in much more depth. Source analysis and essay writing is an integral part of the GCSE curriculum. We encourage a wide-range of reading to help develop literacy and build on empathetic skills. A level history is a popular choice for pupils who study GCSE history.
“The more you know of your history the more liberated you are.” Maya Angelou