The History curriculum builds on the National Curriculum. At the Dean Trust the curriculum is designed to increase pupils’ understanding and curiosity about how history shapes the world around us. Pupils are taught how history is both personal and global and how abstract themes such as power, revolution and conflict underpin significant events that have shaped our global and diverse community. Key concepts are revisited in a variety of different contexts through Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 so that our pupils not only enjoy a knowledge-rich historical education but aspire to become historians of the future. History is a critical discipline and learning about the past should be exciting, progressive and worthwhile. We want our pupils to become lifelong learners so that our passion for history continues for future generations.
We aim to provide an ambitious curriculum that is purposely designed with an opportunity to develop a deep and rich knowledge of our past as well as a clear appreciation of how past events have impacted the wider world we live in today. Students access their curriculum through inquiry, investigation and imagination. Topics are carefully sequenced into open enquiry questions to allow students to take ownership of their learning, creating and justifying their own viewpoints, whilst being guided and challenged by subject experts. We provide our students with a grand narrative, but balance this with meaningful opportunities to explore individual, national and international stories in context and depth.
The Geography curriculum is designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Pupils investigate the world at the local, national and international scale. providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for Geography. This enables them to make sense of the world they live in. Pupils carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom.
The Geography curriculum at Key Stage Four inspires pupils to be curious and have a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The curriculum is designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.