‘History is usually presented as a set of facts and dates of victories and defeats, or monarchs and presidents. Consigned to an unchanging past. But it’s not like that at all. History is the knitting together of rival interpretations: deliberate manipulations of the truth and sometimes alternative facts.’ Lucy Worsley 2019


The purpose of the History curriculum at Kirkburton Middle School is to give pupils a broad knowledge and understanding of significant people, events and developments in Britain and the wider world from the Roman Period through to the 20th century. Within this there will be aspects of depth and thematic study.

We aim to develop the discipline of History by developing key skills and assessing these through a range of KPIs (Key performance indicators) below. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation for those who opt to study History at GCSE and focuses on Significance, explanation of causes, developments and source work. We want our students to be able to communicate enthusiastically and knowledgably about the past and aim to develop high levels of written communication as well as the confidence to argue their points convincingly.


  • Chronological Understanding
  • Communicating using Historical/Analytical Narrative
  • Using evidence
  • Interpretation
  • Causation and Significance
  • Change and continuity


As pupils begin each unit they need to know how it fits into the wider whole so they can see  / learn the particular by locating it in the general. To see trends in history we want to explore recurring thematic themes and use these to map out history and provide a context for deeper learning and understanding


  • Power and protest


Study the changing nature of power and control. How power has been challenged through history and ultimately how democracy was developed.


  • History as progress


Develop a sense of development over time. Appreciate how and why progress was made sometimes in a short space of time whereas sometimes very little progress, even regression, was made for long periods of time.


  • Beliefs and attitudes


How beliefs and attitudes have developed over time and influenced actions.


  • Health and living conditions


The topic of health and sanitation is fundamental to human society but also provides a foundation for later study.


  • Empire, Migration and settlement


Look at how Empire and colonisation have shaped Britain and the wider world from the Ancient Romans through to the decline of the British Empire


What career…?

Historians can enjoy rich, rewarding and varied careers in writing and publishing, research, teaching and consultancy, to name just a few.