We aim to build our History Curriculum around the elements of relevance and inspiration. We introduce students to the breadth and depth of human experiences by a comparative study of past and contemporary societies and cultures.
The History Department at DVHS believes that by providing an engaging and challenging curriculum, we prepare resilient students with enquiring minds, who are capable of learning from failure and success in equal measure. Pupils who engage with History at Darwen Vale are equipped to become more involved with the complex world they live in, and to maintain throughout their lives a spirit of inquiry and curiosity that can not only make them more active in their communities, but also provide them with personal enrichment. We are committed to learning from our past to build a better future together.
The History Department consists of 5 specialist historians. We take a forward thinking & innovative approach with a clear commitment to the children we strive to develop. Our goal is to deliver an inspirational, tailored and inclusive history curriculum, where all students regardless of ability or background have opportunities to succeed. We aim to provide exceptional teaching which promotes challenge at all levels. We believe in setting exemplary standards through continuous reflection and sustained improvement. At all levels of our curriculum we emphasize discussion and engagement with both primary sources and the interpretations of varied scholars.
What can a student expect from the Faculty?
- Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
- Help, guidance and support
- Quality first teaching designed to challenge, inspire and ensure progression
- An interesting and relevant course for the future
Vision & Aims
At DVHS, we aim to build a rich knowledge based historical curriculum, building upon prior learning and embedding key skills. We aim to teach young historians to appreciate the world around us through the complexity of human experience. We generate the skills of questioning simple explanations, being able to evaluate evidence in multiple forms and to offer insightful interpretations with clarity of expression. We introduce students to the breadth and depth of human diversity by a comparative examination of past and contemporary societies and cultures. Our programmes of study help enrich and enhance the content knowledge developed at KS2, building around the element of relevance.
Assessments provide progressive ‘stepping stones’ for the mastery and recall of skills that lead to the more critical independence of thought demanded at GCSE, AS and A2 level.
At all levels of our curriculum we emphasize discussion and engagement with both primary sources and the interpretations of varied scholars. The curriculum will develop and extend pupil’s knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history.
We understand that our students only get one chance to study History at DVHS and therefore our philosophy is based around demanding the most from our pupils and making every lesson count. The aim is to deliver tailored lessons where every student is given opportunities to become the resilient, self-reflective and critical thinkers of tomorrow.
Student need is always at the centre of our planning and we are passionate about creating an innovative and inspirational history programme that facilitates success at all levels. Our curriculum is characterised by the incorporation of higher order thinking skills across the key stages, but with the right amount of personalised and differentiated support, providing all students with a platform to develop their individual flare and unique talents.
We aim for high academic standards and our history curriculum is focussed around developing student ability to analyse, evaluate and assess evidence. We promote academic language which allows students to articulate sound conclusions both orally and in writing. All students therefore acquire knowledge and skills that help them develop as informed, engaged and thoughtful citizens.
Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview
At KS3, we offer enquiry based learning from key questions of study such as the Norman Conquest ‘can one decision change history?’ to ‘how did a prisoner become the most infamous dictator ever to live? When looking at Hitler’s early influences, this approach fosters a passion to seek the truth through historical evidence. Our enquiries into the past are also brought to life through the implementation of local and site studies which enable our students to develop an awareness of the local area’s development over time and how major historical events have shaped the landscape of Blackburn and beyond. We want to enlighten students to the richness of British history and its historical landscape whilst developing their cultural awareness and building in the fundamentals of what it is to be a historian, readying them for their further studies.
In line with the study of significant events that have had a worldwide impact, we have offered trips to Belgium and France, allowing opportunities for all year groups to gain experience at the battlefields, including Ypres, Somme and Menin Gate. (insert photographs of battlefields)
In Year 7 we want to consolidate and extend students’ chronological knowledge and we start with the Tollund Man investigation ‘were the Mysterious Bog People Human Sacrifices?’ We study the development of and struggles between Church, state and society in Medieval Britain: a discovery of the ways in which people in the past understood their worlds. By studying a life that is so obviously different from ours, students at DVHS will be encouraged to examine their wonderfully diverse identity and culture. By studying the Norman invasion of England in 1066 for example, students see England as a melting pot of different civilisations and practices. We look at Magna Carta and the beginnings of parliament and democracy.
In Year 8 we study early modern history with investigations into the ways in which historical innovation and reform has shaped the world we recognise today. We examine how political power, industry and empire impacted on British society and culture. By studying a world that went through such revolutionary changes, students begin to appreciate how significant people and ideas have shaped the social and political fabric of our country and its traditions.
In studying the Industrial Revolution and the Great War, students have opportunities to trace the lives of ordinary people from our local community and see how history is relevant to their immediate life and environment. Early modern history makes our students adjust their mind set to see the United Kingdom as the epitome of civilisation, tolerance and democracy.
In Year 9 we study the formation of the modern world with a focus on key political themes like democracy, communism and fascism. We study the rise of USA and consumerist society, the Wall Street Crash and resulting global economic depression. There is a focus on international diplomacy and relations in the inter-war period. We examine the impact of the Second World War, the Holocaust and the political leadership of Churchill. Our trips to Krakow in Poland have been valuable experiences and sobering reminders of the Holocaust and mass genocide. Finally, we go on to study the onset of Cold War and superpower relations. Our Y9 themes and content lay foundations and a broad understanding for the development of deeper knowledge at KS4.
Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview
At KS4 we follow the AQA specification and our schemes of work are designed to engage students with key issues promoting an understanding of factors that drives change and how past influences and actions directly impact on the present. The History GCSE is an exciting amalgamation of topics for today’s world that resonate with students, helping them new insights into the world around them. Building on skills and topics at Key Stage 3, our GCSE equips students with essential skills to prepare them for further study. The course is inclusive of modern world developments such as the Period Study, Democracy and Dictatorship and the Depth Study of the wider world 1918-1939.
We have provided opportunities for all students to visit Berlin, Germany to discover the fascist past and the legacies it has impressed upon modern-day Germany and wider Europe. INSERT PHOTOS BERLIN Our GCSE also includes a Thematic Study which examines how medicine and health have shaped our nation. It enables students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history.
Our British Depth Study of Elizabeth I allows students to develop an understanding of the complexities of a society and the interplay of different aspects within it. The British element also includes the examination of a historical site, chosen to enrich students’ understanding of Elizabethan England. It enables students to study the relationship between a place and historical events and developments. The subject content for GCSE History requires students to follow a coherent and substantial study of history in which elements are reasonably balanced.
Y7 Trip – castle site.
Y8 - Helmshore Mills.
First World War Battlefields Belgium 2017 Berlin 2018 2019 Krakow
Skills based master classes are delivered by staff at GCSE to accelerate exam technique and performance.
Y9 – The Imperial War Museum.
All year groups:
Head of History