History takes its place in the non-statutory framework of the revised National Curriculum (September 2000) which requires schools to provide a balanced and broad based curriculum. At St Joseph’s History is included in the IPC of all students in Key Stages 2 and 3. In order to meet the needs of all students in the school, the pre-National Curriculum ‘EQUALS’ schemes of work are used in addition to the National Curriculum guidance for Key Stages 1-3. History is integrated with other curriculum areas such as Maths, Science, Geography, Design Technology, ICT, R.E. and Modern Foreign Languages.
In KS4 and KS5 History is delivered as part of the Humanities project on the arts carousel.
This includes the Humanities modules which are History subject based combined with other Leisure modules.
History is an important subject within the National Curriculum and so forms a fundamental part of the students’ education at St Joseph’s.
Underpinning the delivery of History at St Joseph’s is the recognition of cognitive development, from concrete thought, through to formal operational thought. There is also a high awareness of the role history can play in the development and formation of students’ personal construct systems.
At St Joseph’s History is concerned with developing students’ chronological awareness, their understanding of structures within societies in the past and their belief in systems and politics. Through historical interpretation and enquiry students gain an understanding of the importance of individuals within past societies and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments which have operated over time, within and between different societies.
Through the study of History at St Joseph’s students will develop some of the concepts, knowledge and skills which provide the tools for comprehending social structures operating in the present day.
History provides a sound structure of transferable skills which develop social awareness and allow students to benefit more fully from courses of personal, social and health education and also citizenship. From a study of the past, students will be better equipped to understand the complex structures of their own and other societies.