The St Martin’s Ampleforth History syllabus is designed to give our children a love for the subject, encouraging them to want to learn more and to develop their skills to achieve success throughout their time in the school, as well as at GCSE and beyond. This provides the children with an excellent foundation to continue their studies at Ampleforth College. As they move on to the College, our children should expect to have developed an awareness of the past that is different, to appreciate continuity and change, to be able to discuss the past with realism and imagination and to be aware of the historical origins of modern political and social situations.
To achieve this, our children hope to develop a range of skills, including communication, research, analysis and evaluation. Access to these skills are obtained through various activities; narratives, assessment for learning activities, drama, visits to local historical sites and the use of a variety of source materials, ranging from historical artefacts to text book materials to the Internet. The development of the children’s skills is closely linked to the children’s progress in other subjects, especially in literacy.
The St Martin’s Ampleforth History Department enjoys a good working relationship with the History Department at Ampleforth College. An inter-departmental review of syllabuses, policies and teaching practices is held annually, and College staff provide talks and seminars to our children.