History at Rowan High School…

The aim of the History curriculum at Rowan High School is to provide students with an understanding of the past so that they can understand the world that we live in today.

If you have any further questions please direct them to Mrs Prendergast at school who will be happy to help.


The History department at Rowan High School aims to inspire a love of History through engaging lessons, interesting content and opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
The breadth of subject content in History can be considerable but we combat this with the use of frequent knowledge retention strategies.


The curriculum has been formatted in a way to ensure that every pupil has a range of pathways to academic success, with opportunities to both nurture and extend learning.
As we offer a breadth of qualification options, pupils access a range of differentiated learning opportunities, using the graduated approach through regular formative and summative assessments.


The Rowan High School History curriculum comprises of well planned lessons which encourage progression for all students. Continuity and progression in the curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills within History. These are broken into year group expectations and have additional challenges for able learners.
The use of a variety of questioning strategies helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past. Through our curriculum, pupils learn to think analytically, ask perceptive questions and evaluate evidence.

Curriculum Overview at Key Stage 3 and 4

Key Stage 3:

The Rowan High History curriculum for Key Stage 3 is designed to ensure pupils develop their historical skills and knowledge of second order concepts; continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.
Students attend one 50 minute lesson of History each week. The curriculum is designed in such a way as to embed the skills and knowledge that students will require if they choose History as an option subject at KS4.

The KS3 curriculum is delivered in units, each of which has been designed to build upon the skills and knowledge of the previous unit of work. The units are taught chronologically so that students will develop a comprehensive understanding of key local, national and international events so that they develop a comprehensive understanding of the world we live in.

During their History lessons, KS3 students are supported and encouraged as they engage with historical scholarship and different interpretations of sources. They will then be supported as they develop the skills needed in order to construct their own independent answers which will be supported by relevant historical evidence.

History Option:

Rowan High School offers History as an option subject. Students who choose History attend three 50 minute lessons of History each week.  Modules that are studied include The Elizabethans 1580 – 1603, The People’s Health 1250 – present day, Viking Expansion c. 750 – 1050 and Living Under Nazi Rule 1933 – 1945. There is also a study of a local historical site.  All students at Key Stage 4 follow an accreditation pathway depending on their ability and achievements which include Entry Level certificate and GCSE. 

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