Coastal Academy Trust



Globally Diverse Ambitious for the Future Inquistive Learners

The History curriculum explicitly teaches our students to:

  • Understand the history of british law and the evolution of democracy

  • Explore global history and how it has shaped life in Britain

  • Understand the local history through our local historical study

  • Explore areas of history that have previously been overlooked such as women in history, civil rights and minority culture

  • Students are offered opportunities to visit historical monuments and ‘experience’ history to broaden their historical understanding. Recent trips and experiences include: Year 7 Viking Trip, Medicine Through Time workshop, Imperial War Museum
  • They are taught to argue critically and articulately using academic language through debate, discussion and in their written work.

  • Students look at important historical figures and the opportunities that the study of history offers for future careers.

History curriculum allows students to:

  • Acquire and articulate a chronological understanding of local, national and global history.

  • Ask questions about how history has impacted the present day

  • Develop an interest in bringing the past to life by visiting museums, places of interest and historical sites throughout their lifetime

  • Create an understanding of wider historical culture including changes in art, religion, politics, society, education, medicine and law.

  • Make links across their broad range of subjects


History Learning Journey Page 2

History Learning Journey Page 1

History Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3, students acquire and articulate a chronological understanding of local, national and global history. We encourage students' natural inquisitiveness through enquiry questions about events they already know about. For Example: Why did a sandwich start WW1?

Students learn the importance of analysing non fictional texts such as historical sources, religious texts and interpretations which enable students to start to point out flaws or misinformation etc. This is key in helping students to develop the skills they need to be critical of what the media tells them and what information they are fed through various news and media outlets.

We ensure that the teaching of History is thorough and embedded throughout the school, not just in History lessons. We share information about the Holocaust for memorial day and other important historic dates in the calendar, so that students are responsible for recognising important events from the past and seeing their importance in their modern culture.


Key Stage 4

In key stage 4, students can continue to study history in the GCSE History course and we inspire a love of history outside of the classroom by visiting historical sites and experiencing history through engaging and exciting events such as visitors from the Holocaust Survivors group and visiting the Imperial War Museum.

The GCSE course covers a variety of historical topics that span different time periods: Nazi Germany, Cold War, Elizabeth I and Medicine Through Time. This aims to ensure that students develop empathy and realise the dangers of manipulation, propaganda and dictators. Their experiences in our subjects sometimes delicate and controversial (Holocaust / British Empire / Slavery / Civil Rights)  allow students to study a diverse range of important world events and more critically how change has taken place through the power of humanity and human nature. We aim to promote British values with a focus on democracy, tolerance and equality, values which we feel will create mindful members of society who are passionate about being an active member of their community and society.

GCSE History Specification


Key Stage 5

In key stage 5 students can continue with their studies through the IB History course. The IB directly addresses Theory Of Knowledge and explicitly discusses the  benefits of being lifelong learners in History. We link History with careers they would usually associate with the subject and the variety of History courses available both ancient and modern. We share with students inspirational examples for example that Sacha Baron Cohen and Louis Theroux have History degrees from top Universities such as Cambridge. It inspires them to see History as a subject that opens doors.

Students are encouraged to study higher level history at IB Level.

IB History Specification