“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
– Michael Crichton, Writer
History is not only about the past. History is understanding where we are now, how we got here, understanding the mistakes and the successes that have been made and seeing how the past shapes our world today. It also offers the opportunity to study some fascinating and interesting areas of history, the individuals who shaped it and to see correlations between events from hundreds of years ago, and their sometimes frightening similarity to today.
Students are provided with the opportunity to study the development of Church, state and society in Britain between 1066 and 1745. They study the ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain up to the 19th century. Students also study the challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world in the 20th century.
History at Carmel enables students to ‘…… extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils should identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They should use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways. They should pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. They should understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.’ National Curriculum