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History at Forge Valley is taught through a combination of overview, themed and in-depth studies.

The content ensures all students can identify and understand major events, changes and developments in British, European and World history from medieval times to the current day.

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. We also seek to enable students to become independent learners, setting their own questions for historical enquiries and finding evidence to support their findings.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Topics include:

  • The Norman invasion of 1066
  • Revolutions in industry and changes to society in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • World Wars & conflicts since 1945.

Key events are taught in broadly chronological order, but with the emphasis on different themes, key concepts and skills. Students 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.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

GCSE History is a very popular choice at Forge Valley and provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, refine their analysis and communication skills and be able to make balanced and well-supported judgements.

Students build on the skills taught in Key Stage 3 and apply them to three units of study:

  • Medicine and public health through time (exam)
  • The American West 1840-1895 (exam)
  • Quarry bank mill (controlled assessment).