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Selby High School

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Contact details:
Name : Ms S Burgess 
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
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We deliver thought provoking and relevant lessons that challenge and encourage all students to discuss their ideas and opinions in a safe and positive environment. The Department has a wide range of resources to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and we offer pupils a rich and varied approach to learning about the past. We have created an interesting and varied curriculum that aims to inspire and excite students as to the role, purpose and significance of History within today’s society. In doing so, we also aim to enable students to develop skills beyond the classroom such as working with others, forming and supporting an argument, and becoming independent learners.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information

At KS3 History is taught through a combination of overview, thematic and depth studies. The content ensures all pupils can identify and understand major events, changes and developments in British, European and World history from medieval times to the current day. Following the revised National Curriculum we cover a range of time periods, themes and ideas. This includes life in Britain before the Norman invasion of 1066, revolutions in industry and society in the 18th and 19th centuries, the rise and impact of the British Empire, and the World Wars and conflicts since 1945. Key events are taught in broadly chronological order, but with the emphasis on key concepts and skills. Pupils are taught to describe, analyse and explain sources of information including texts, pictures and artefacts. They are encouraged to think about how the past is interpreted and develop their own ideas about significant historical events and people. They are taught how to investigate and communicate their understanding of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, change and continuity and cause and consequence. Through all the units of study students are actively encouraged to develop their personal learning and thinking skills, recognising the need to work together in teams, share ideas and encourage others to contribute within this context. We also seek to enable students to become independent learners, setting their own questions for historical enquiries and finding evidence to support their findings.

Pupils may choose to continue their study of History at GCSE. At this level, they build on the skills taught in KS3 and develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history. A key element is historical enquiry, which will help them develop as independent learners and critical, reflective thinkers who have the ability to ask relevant questions about the past. This will be done through the study of three eras: Medieval (500-1500), Early Modern (1450-1750) and Modern (1700-present day) on three time scales: short (depth study), medium (period study) and long (thematic study) and on three geographical contexts: a locality (the historic environment), British and European and / or wider world settings. GCSE History provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, refine their analysis and communication skills and be able to make balanced and well supported judgments.

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips
We aim to give students the opportunity to broaden their experience of History and encourage them to explore their local environment and own history. We also run various trips and activities. Amongst them are: residential trip the WWI battlefields of France and Belgium, the coal mining museum in Wakefield, Fountains Abbey, Elvington Air Museum, and the Thackray Medicine Museum.