History seeks to provide students with a rich, varied and challenging curriculum, which we believe will help them in their lives beyond secondary school. We want our students to have an understanding of their place in the wider world and a recognition of the importance of the past in shaping the world as it is today. We strive to develop students’ political and cultural literacy that will help them to make sense of current affairs and some of the challenges facing societies in the 21st century. As Churchill once said in the House of Commons, "those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it". By giving students the chance to learn about, and from, the past we hope to develop considerate, knowledgeable and reflective citizens who will contribute positively to a better world that builds on the progress made by previous groups/people/societies, rather than repeating any pitfalls or mistakes. Critically, we want students to enjoy learning about the past. History is replete with intrigue, romance, horror, glamour, brilliance, madness and resilience (amongst other things). By engaging students in this story of what is ultimately their own history, then they will develop a passion for it that will hopefully continue in to their adult years.
How is History delivered at Warden Park?
This subject is taught in Key Stage 3 and as one of our compulsory options to choose from at Key Stage 4. Students receive four lessons per fortnight in Year 7 and three lessons per fortnight in Year 8. Students who choose to study this subject at GCSE have 5 lessons per fortnight.