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Curriculum Intent

History at Grace Academy Coventry will provide students with a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding. This will include a sense of development over time and an appreciation of culture and attitudes of society, outside of students' own. Students will be able to connect to the world around them through historical inquiry, so they can participate in society as well-informed individuals. Students will gain historical perspectives, by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts. We aim to develop independent learners who can think critically, reflectively and who engage in historical enquiry.

Supporting our history curriculum are key concepts such as tolerance and democracy, which underpin our drive to develop respectful students, who are able to appreciate a wide range of differing opinions. This will enable students to unlock their limitless potential so that they can be successful in further education and their future careers. History will develop cultural capital through the offer of a range of experiences outside of the classroom environment. These opportunities are designed to develop students' understanding of the world around them and deepen their historical knowledge. 

This term (term 6), we are studying… 



Why this? Why now?

Year 7

The English Civil war 

It follows on from the previous unit- the Stuarts. Understanding of “monarch” and “parliament” is key for understanding the causes of the English Civil war.

This unit helps build on the key concepts of monarchy, government, and conflict which are required for year 8.  

Year 8

The  Trans-Atlantic slave trade 

This topic is a thematic study, focusing on the theme of slavery over the period. This allows you to build your understanding of “change” and “continuity”. The previous topics of the Industrial revolution and the British Empire help provide much needed context for this unit – it allows you to consider why and how the slave trade came about, and how it continued. 

Year 9

The Cold War 

It follows on from the previous unit of World War 2. It also introduces key concepts of international relations and international conflict, which are key for GCSE. Second order concepts of causes and consequences, which are needed for GCSE, are explored in detail. 

Year 10

Weimar and Nazi Germany 

Both this and the previous unit (medicine through time) require source analysis skills. This allows you to continue to develop your source analysis skills. Chronologically, this unit supports understanding of causes for the next unit ( Superpower relations).

Year 11

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Year 13

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Qualification information:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

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