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The Belvedere Academy

History & Politics

History

At Belvedere, our History curriculum is designed with pupils in mind. It is our fundamental ambition that our pupils can see themselves in the History curriculum, and leave school with an understanding of their own histories, and how they both reflect and differ from wider histories, both local and national. We also believe that History is an opportunity to engage with collective myth and challenge the traditional view of things, and this can be most effectively done by engaging with scholarship and looking at 'history from below.' Our teaching staff are incredibly passionate and each bring a range of expertise that they impart on the pupils, and in doing so instil a passion for the discipline. The curriculum also develops pupils’ awareness of key disciplinary knowledge which is hugely beneficial across a number of subject areas, from identifying the causes and consequences of important historical events, to being able to detect bias in a primary source. At Key Stage 3, we follow a loosely chronological approach so that pupils understand the way the world has been in the past, and why it is the way it is today. Pupils will begin Year 7 by considering Medieval history and the last successful conquest of England, and finish Year 9 as fully fledged young historians with an understanding of our country's history.

NOTE: Due to allocation changes within the Key Stage 3 timetable, current Y9 historians (2023/24) will not be following the regular curriculum map but will instead be following a hybrid curriculum covering the topics of the British Empire, slavery, voting rights in the UK and the world wars. This is to address their 'missed' hour and to ensure they learn about as full a chronological period as possible.

 

Remembrance Day

Politics

Through studying Politics at Belvedere, pupils develop an appreciation for democracy and the democratic process, as well as a deep understanding of key concepts relating to the politics of both the UK and USA. Pupils explore these countries independently and in their own right first of all, before overtly comparing the two and identifying crucial similarities and differences between the two. This also enables pupils to understand basic principles of global politics, and the reasons for the USA’s enduring hegemony in the world. Upon studying these real-world examples in great depth, pupils then turn their attention to political ideas. Taking a much more theoretical approach, we investigate the core three western political models of liberalism, conservatism and socialism, before applying all of these theories to political feminism and the various forms that can take. It is our great hope that A Level Politics is the star of a lifelong engagement with politics and the world around them for our young people.

Curriculum Related Expectations

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview - History

Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Overview - History

Key Stage 5

KS5 Curriculum Overview - History 

KS5 Curriculum Overview - Politics

 

Staffing

Ms G. Cavanagh - Curriculum Leader of Human, Social and Political Studies, Subject Leader of Sociology 

Miss L. Jones - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Human, Social and Political Studies, Teacher of Religious Studies, Teacher of PSHE

Ms G. Halton - Subject Leader of History, Teacher of PSHE

Miss L. Fielding - Teacher of History, Teacher of Government and Politics

Mr N. Blair - Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of History

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