History at Laisterdyke covers a wide range of time periods, societies and concepts. Pupils will learn to deal confidently with chronology, change and continuity across time, and the idea of historical significance. They will develop critical analysis skills, learning to assess sources and infer meaning.
History is an excellent foundation for a career as a solicitor, police officer, teacher, or for further academic study. At Laisterdyke, we aim to provide engaging lessons, tailored to the abilities of every pupil, to ensure young people develop a long-lasting love of history.
In Year 7, the curriculum focusses on the development of key history skills through study of the Normal Conquest, Medieval Realms and a long-term, chronological, study of Medicine Through Time.
In Year 8, students tackle challenging topics such as war and social change. They continue their development of key skills, including extended writing, to prepare them for GCSE-level study. They also complete a local study on the history of Bradford through time.
In Year 9, topics are more mature and students are encouraged to use their developed historical skills to approach difficult themes such as colonialism and empire, slavery, the impact of WWI and the Holocaust. They have the opportunity to complete GCSE-style assessments to help prepare them for higher study.
How you can help you child in history
- All visits to historical sites and museums are valuable: medieval castles (e.g. Conisbrough, Skipton, Lincoln), York, Durham, Lincoln, Canterbury.
- In Y7, TV programmes and books like the Horrible Histories series can be a fun way to encourage an interest in history.
- YouTube has a wide variety of historical documentaries on all topics studied at Laisterdyke, although we would advise you to view all videos before showing them to your child to ensure they are age-appropriate.
- Suggested websites include Spartacus Educational and the National Archives; suggested films and TV series include A Knight’s Tale, North and South, Elizabeth: the Golden Age; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.