History Curriculum Journey
Historians of Golborne High School passionately teach young people to appreciate the world around us through the complexity of human experiences, to question simple explanations, to evaluate evidence in multiple forms, and to offer insightful interpretations with clarity of expression. Our teachers seek to provide students with a broad and exciting curriculum with a joy for learning at the heart of all we do. Firstly, we aim to foster a love for history, building upon prior learning at key stage 2, by providing a knowledge rich and skills based historical curriculum. This curriculum will develop and extend pupil’s knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience. For example, we offer enquiry based learning from key questions of study such as ‘Did the death of King Charles kill the monarch's power?’ and ‘Britannia ruled the waves?’ to foster a passion to seek the truth through historical evidence. We engage our students with exciting challenges such as putting a monarch on trial, empire building and ‘break out’ style critical thinking lessons.
The Golborne High School history curriculum is unique as our aim is to ensure that enquiries into the past can be brought to life through the implementation of local studies so that our Golborne students develop an awareness of the local area’s development over time and how major historical events have shaped the landscape of Wigan and beyond. We want to open our students’ eyes to the richness of British history and its historical landscape whilst developing their cultural awareness and building in the fundamentals of what it is to be a historian, readying them for their further studies. Students will be able to appreciate local sites of historical interest such as the Golborne Mine and Wigan’s industrial past. At Key stage 3, in line with the compulsory study of significant events that have had a worldwide impact, we offer a visit to the Belgian Battlefields of the Great War, allowing students the opportunity to experience history outside of the Golborne High School classroom. For our GCSE Historians, opportunities will be available to visit Berlin, Germany as part of the Democracy and Dictatorship course, to discover the fascist past and the legacies it has impressed upon modern-day Germany and wider Europe, with students sharing their experiences as part of our wider school curriculum, for example, giving talks to students on the Holocaust and other significant historical events.
Overall, the Golborne History department curriculum enables pupils to engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. We want our learners to develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. Consequently, therefore transferable skills such as organising and communicating historical knowledge and reaching substantiated conclusions will equip our students to go on to study AS/ A2 Level History at college and History-based courses at university or historical vocations beyond Golborne High School, or even discover a passion for life-long learning in process!