Gilbert Inglefield Academy


Head of Humanities Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
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At Gilbert Inglefield Academy we teach history to fire pupils' curiosity and imagination about the past. With topics that focus on Britain and the wider world we allow pupils to think about how the past influences the present (in a number of contexts). Studying History at Gilbert Inglefield allows students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people at a personal, local, national and international level and encourages a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils' own position in their own community and the world.

Through the study of History, pupils are able to develop a range of skills and abilities - particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened and what people then and now think about what happened. As they move up through the school, their skills are refined and developed through more advanced source analysis and high level thinking skills. The History teaching staff also work hard to support progress in English, Mathematics and Citizenship in all lessons.

The pupils follow a chronological curriculum in History and topics include:

  • The Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Leighton Buzzard: from past to present
  • Ancient Greece
  • The Victorians
  • Tudor Society and Exploration
  • The Aztecs
  • Invaders and Settlers in Britain
  • The Norman Invasion
  • Medieval Life in Britain
  • Native Peoples of the Americas
  • The Religious Rollercoaster of Tudor England
  • The English Civil War
  • The Slave Trade
  • Introduction to the British Empire

 The Humanities department also promotes learning outside of the classroom through the participation in themed days, presentations from external visitors and trips.

Humanities department curriculum overview