At Oakfield, we believe it is important to encourage thinking about how the past influences the present and to fire learners’ curiosity about the past. We wish to foster a sense of identity and increase learners’ understanding of their own position in the community and in the world.


We aim to:

Help learners develop historical knowledge and understanding; introduce learners to historical inquiry through studying historical evidence asking questions and problem solving; learners develop a sense of chronology; help learners interpret history using a variety of sources; give understanding that the society in which learners lives have been shaped by past developments; develop an appreciation of the need for both continuity and change; develop the ability to communicate historical knowledge in oral, written and visual forms using appropriate vocabulary and techniques.


Key Stage 3

At Oakfield, History is taught to all Key Stage 3 learners. A variety of teaching methods are employed, including art, music and drama, the use of periods of quiet reflection, exploring artefacts, pictures and photographs, visiting relevant places and meeting and talking with other professionals. The use of case studies and visual presentations is also important to support learners’ learning. History is an on-going process due to developing resources, the needs of the learners and the speed of progression, both of the topic and of the learners.


Key Stage 4 GCSE

History GCSE AQA https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-8145-SP-2016.PDF

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

At Oakfield High School History is taught as an option to the progress 8 group. A variety of teaching methods are employed to engage learning. History at key stage 4 requires the skills of knowledge and understanding, also a grasp of concepts such as causation, consequences and change. Historical interpretation encourages learning to reflect on the way in which the past may be seen in different ways.

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Norman England, c1066–c1100