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Girls turn


Students getting ready for the year 10 200m race. HAO sports day


Year 12 and 10 attending the Spirituality Conference today


Year 7 students have created some fantastic Islamic inspired art prints


Some of our Year 8 students completed their watercolour lesson in the sunshine. They produced some fantastic work!


Including an 'in action' video!


Year 8s learned about forces and propulsion in their recent workshop, creating cars powered by balloons! Check out some of these awesome designs!


Year 10 started their virtual work experience this morning with Everyone is working hard


Year 10 engaging with Holocaust Memorial day and exploring the discrimination and atrocities


We're pleased to see another team have escaped!


I 'wonder' which Year 7 will win our reading bingo today?


More 'escape' room antics and team building from 'The Big Picture' Day


A great start to our ‘The Big Picture’ Day! So far we have had interactive timelines with Year 10. Year 9 trying to ‘escape’ the ranch from ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Year 7 completing team building. There’s more fun to come!


It was lovely to welcome the ‘Globe Players’ back to perform Macbeth to our year ten students today. Students are already looking forward to next year’s performances of An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol


Really pleased to announce that our new Student Principals are Lee Carew and Georgia-Jane Cullern and our new Student Vice-Principals are Jude Moulton and Abbie McNeice. Really excited for what they are going to bring to their new roles in September 2021


On Wed 23rd June, the History department arranged for Year 8 to meet a real-life Militant Suffragette! We were very lucky to host Julie Maynard, an actor who visited us through the Museum of London’s outreach programme.


Tell me your fears Year 8! Coming Monday 28th June 2021


Year 8 it’s nearly time to face your fears... coming Monday 28th June.


Year 8, Omar, created this fantastic prehistoric design for his mechanical cam toy, with outstanding results!


Year 8 something is coming on Monday 28th June...

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Intent, Implementation and Impact

What is the intention of our KS3 curriculum?

The vision of the history department at Harris Academy Orpington is to produce students with a love of history, with secure knowledge and skills that drive their own enthusiasm through their questions. This means our students will be curious and critical of the diverse world around them and the impact they can make on it.

The History curriculum at Harris Academy Orpington has been designed to ensure the following of all students:

  • To increase knowledge of historical periods, people, trends and events - both to develop and retain a rich knowledge of the past; and to ensure students possess knowledge that makes them ‘culturally literate’ and enhance their cultural capital
  • To ensure that knowledge is retained through a planned curriculum, chronologically sequenced and driven by historical enquiries
  • To work like a historian –through enquiry led learning that is based around developing second order conceptual understanding and interrogating evidence
  • To communicate and debate different interpretations effectively
  • To ensure that the curriculum we deliver gives students the opportunity to study an overarching narrative of British history as stated by the National Curriculum. Beyond that we interweave diverse and global histories which speak to our student’s own identities and give them a greater sense of place within the world they live in

How will this be implemented?

Each topic is divided into historical enquiry questions that are clearly focused around a second-order concept, such as causation. This approach has been championed in recent decades by the Schools History Project and leading educationalists. We believe that historical enquiry, the analysis of evidence and creative forms of communication should form the bedrock of our history curriculum.

The topics covered at KS3 for our current Year 7 2020 cohort are as follows:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1) Migration into Britain pre-1066

2) Norman Conquest 1066

3) Norman Consolidation of Power

4) Life in Medieval England

5) Islamic Civilisations

6) The Crusades

7) Africa in the Middle Ages

8) The Reformation

9) English Civil War

10) Life in Restoration England

1) Migration into Britain pre-1707

2) The enslavement of African people and Abolition of the Slave Trade

3) British Empire Case Studies

4) Industrial Revolution

5) Development of Democracy in 19th century

6) The First World War

7) The Female & Working-Class Suffrage Movement

8) Russia in Revolution

1) USA in the 1920s

2) Stalin’s Russia

3) Hitler’s Rise to Power

4) Life in Nazi Germany

5) The Second World War

6) The Holocaust

7) British Civil Rights

8) USA Civil Rights

9) Migration into Britain at the end of 20th and early 21st centuries



The topics covered at KS4 history are as follows:


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Medicine in Britain, c1250 - present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914 - 18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Weimar and Nazi Germany,

1918 - 1939

Year 11

Superpower relations and                   the Cold War, 1941 - 1991

Early Elizabethan England,

1558 – 1588

Revision of previous topics, work on exam                                                                     technique & skills required for GCSE History

N.B. – Due to the coronavirus related school lockdown in Spring and Summer 2020 the current Year 11 cohort will not study the Superpower relations and the Cold War unit as per Ofqual’s guidance.

The topics covered at KS5 history are as follows:

  • Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
  • The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90
  • Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain, 1780 – 1928
  • Coursework: The Holocaust

N.B. - At A level we teach the two modules in each year parallel to each other.

How will we judge the impact of the curriculum?

We will judge the impact of our curriculum through our Monitoring, Evaluation and Review (MER) process for the department. This programme has been purposefully designed to ensure that our curriculum is being delivered in an impactful way. Each week our MER programme focuses in on one specific year group and as individuals and in small groups we complete lesson drop-ins, look at student exercise books as well as regular discussions with students. This gives us a holistic overview of the effectiveness of the delivery of the planned curriculum.

Another way we will judge the impact of our curriculum is through our students’ performance in the Federation wide summative assessments that are sat annually. This means that students’ progress and performance can be compared so that they can be clearly guided towards improved outcomes and this will also foster opportunities for the sharing of good practice and ‘what works’ across history in the federation.

Besides the Federation wide assessment mentioned above, we have mapped out opportunities for formative assessment at the end of our enquiry questions. This is to ensure student understanding, and these are the points in our KS3 curriculum where students will receive quality feedback and will then review and further improve their work through a ‘Do Now’ task. The assessment model, and indeed the curriculum, are cumulative in their structure and so students are expected to know more, retain more and be able to use existing and newly acquired knowledge to engage in historical work.

This impact will also be felt at GCSE and A level as students are better equipped to tackle the intellectual rigour of thinking historically at these higher levels. In keeping with this we would expect to see a higher uptake of students taking history at GCSE and A level. For students who do not pursue the subject after KS3, our curriculum equips them to remain curious and critical learners and equipped with the skills they need to ask questions of the diverse world around them. In order to ensure those students not studying History beyond KS3 are exposed to the subject, the department leads on multiple assemblies and initiatives throughout the academic year, including but not limited to: Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, Black History Month & Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month.