The Huntington History curriculum helps to explain the world as it is by exploring the world as it was, in an intriguing and ambitious way. Understanding is developed around a spine of British History. Enquiries explore global, continental or local scales, emphasising the complexity of the past and the constructed, contested nature of History. To this end, pupils develop their disciplinary thinking, exploring the past from multiple perspectives and viewpoints. We strive to make our curriculum representative of the past’s inhabitants, aiming to understand the broadest possible picture and the details that illuminate it. These threads are combined and sequenced to craft a rich, broad and structured understanding of the past for every pupil.
Perhaps most importantly, our curriculum aims to produce ‘citizen historians’ by helping change how our young people understand themselves, the world around them and their own place within it.
Undoubtedly, increasing pupils’ historical knowledge, curiosity, critical thinking and communication skills are all key functions of our curriculum. Increased knowledge of the past helps inform the identity of our young people; this curriculum will both give them confidence to build strong arguments of their own and flexibility to incorporate new perspectives into their thinking. The Huntington History curriculum will help pupils question and influence the people and communities around them.
Our History curriculum exists, within the wider Huntington curriculum, to change the pupil and to give the pupil new power. We want it to help all our students clamber in to the discourse and practices of educated people, so that they gain the powers of the powerful.