Previous OFSTED inspections have highlighted the enjoyment and success of History at Northgate. ‘Pupils want to succeed’ as they are delivered ‘a rich historical experience’. History at Northgate is an interesting, relevant and exciting subject where pupils are challenged to achieve the highest possible standards through ‘warm, positive classroom relationships and a high expectation of good behaviour and academic success’. By studying the past, we believe it helps to understand our heritage, give meaning to the present and develop life skills of evidence-evaluation and the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions.
History Lessons at Northgate
Teaching and learning in the History department focuses largely on ensuring the engagement of pupils in lesson time through rigorous and challenging objectives, lively resources and thorough and developed questioning techniques.
We also employ involve the use of video, source work, role-play and artefacts, in addition to the use of modern, well-organised and illustrated text books and library materials. All classrooms have new interactive whiteboards. Work can be presented in a variety of ways, ranging from traditional book exercises – whereby we hope to develop levels of literacy – enabling students to write extended written pieces such as essays and substantiated judgments – through to posters, booklets, models, plays and debates.
Allowance is made for different levels of ability in both the presentation and detail of work, and individual ideas are encouraged. Amongst the skills we aim to develop are research, analysis and evaluation, good organisation, an ability to argue points of view and effective written and oral communication.
Overall, we hope to create a better understanding of the world we live in through examples from the past.