Our aim is to foster a deep interest and independent curiosity about the past. Our challenging and interactive history curriculum promotes independent thinking and encourages all students to question what they are taught or have researched.
We are very fortunate to be situated in an area rich in Roman and Medieval history; so much of which is evident in local villages and landscapes. At Stour Valley Community School, we seek to exploit the opportunities afforded by the history on our doorstep, especially in the earlier year groups. As students move up through the school, the history curriculum will have a greater focus on modern history and develop an understanding of how events and changes at a local level have often been part of much wider national or global developments.
The history curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking. Such skills are necessary to challenge and interpret varying primary and secondary sources and foster a deeper appreciation of students’ cultural heritage and the wider world.
History further develops oracy in all year groups, encouraging debate and discussion and the use of subject-specific vocabulary.
GCSE students at Stour Valley Community School study the Oxford and Cambridge Examinations Board Schools History Project course. This comprises of 5 units, each worth 20% of the final examination: Elizabethan Depth Study, the Making of the USA 1789-1900, Living in Nazi Germany 1933-1945, Study of USAAF Lavenham during World War Two and Crime and Punishment c.1250-present.