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Introduction to History at Harris Academy Morden

In History at Harris Academy Morden, lessons are focused around a key question  to promote a spirit of enquiry and curiosity, helping pupils to become confident and questioning individuals.  Lessons include a range of activities,  including analysing visual sources and debating.  History is an academic subject, and as such in History lessons at Harris Academy Morden there is a strong focus on constructing historical accounts in extended pieces of writing.   This means  students are equipped with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability,

In History at Harris Academy Morden, students find out about the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world. For example, in Year 7 they study the development of Church, state and society in Britain from 1066-c1745, and also cover two depth studies on Islamic civilisations in the medieval period and the transatlantic slave trade. 

The chronological overview begun in Year 7 enables students to make further connections within and across different periods and societies. In Year 8, pupils build on their knowledge of the history of Britain to complete a study of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire.  Investigating Britain's relationship with the wider world, they also make a comparative study of Civil Rights in both the US and USA. 

At GCSE level, students first complete a thematic study on Crime and Punishment Through Time, c1000-present.  The study of this lengthy time period deepens their chronological understanding.  Students also examine how and why different actions have been considered crimes, and different punishments have been considered appropriate, deepening their understanding of justice in the modern world.  As part of this unit, students also study the historical environment of Whitechapel, c1870–c1900. This unit allows students to reflect on the relationship between the community, police and crime in a London district, enabling them to draw conclusions and comparisons with the modern day.


Students then move onto a study of Henry VIII and his ministers, c1509-1540.  This allows students to reflect on the rise and fall of powerful political figures, and how the Reformation changed the religion of this country forever.


Moving onto European history, students study Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.  This enables students to understand how an infamous dictator was able to come to power in a previously democratic country.


Lastly, students study Superpower relations and the Cold War.  This unit gives students the understanding of how ‘superpowers’ developed, and how the world came close to nuclear war for over fifty years but ultimately avoided it.  This unit also gives students a better understanding of international relations in the modern world.

Please see the document below for details of the Intent, Implemetation and Impact for History at Harris Academy Morden