The value of History is to study the past so that we might better understand the present day. The old saying is that “those who fail to learn the lessons from History are doomed to repeat it.” By learning from the mistakes of the past, History gives us the opportunity to do better in the future.
The content of the History curriculum at Harris Academy Riverside is chosen to best illustrate the powerful knowledge which Historians should own; the development of England over a few hundred years for example from tribal squabbling in the 9th Century to the formation of the world’s first coherent Parliament; the slow struggle against slavery and prejudice in the 19th Century in Britain and the United States and beyond; and the terrifying rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany in the 20th Century.
Content is sequenced within the subject to allow students the opportunity to understand developing themes over time such as succession, the fight for and consolidation of political power and the menace of prejudice and hatred; and to build historical skills such as examination of historical sources, inference and investigation.
Content is also sequenced as fare as possible by reference to other related curriculum subjects such as PSHE and Religious Education which share many of the same themes and ideas.
In so doing, it is expected that students will develop a love of and respect for the study of History and an ability to look critically at and make judgements on current events and attitudes.