Curriculum Intent Statement
History at Harper Green is an academic subject rich in powerful knowledge. Our rationale is that History should enthuse, excite, challenge and stretch the young minds at Harper Green. We want our pupils to become engaged and immersed in the rich historical narratives that History offers to its students. History at Harper Green will endeavour to provide all our students regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, with a coherent knowledge and deep understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world within a sequenced chronological framework. Our curriculum will be taught utilising the most recent educational research to enhance and consolidate their learning. Core knowledge assessments will take place at regular calendared intervals in order to monitor knowledge retention and eliminate knowledge deficits that exist. Weekly retrieval practice will also take place to further cement learning, promote understanding and reduce cognitive load. As well as the development of knowledge, pupils will also develop their expertise with second order historical concepts. This is the way in which knowledge is understood, organised and debated. Students will develop their expertise with the five key 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. Students will also be taught the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and to understand how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past exist.