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History is all around us; in our families with their unique backgrounds, cultures and traditions and in our local and wider communities. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.

Intent - What are we trying to achieve? 

At Acre View Primary School, we aim to provide our students with a rigorous history curriculum that instils them with the key skills and knowledge to gain an in depth and critical understanding of the past. The schoolwide History curriculum is purposefully constructed to allow children to make links between topics and have a good chronology awareness of the past. We want our students to leave Acre View Primary School with enquiring minds that have a thirst for learning about the past and analyse it with a critical and open mind.

Implementation - How is our vision translated into practice? 

The National Curriculum is used to plan and deliver the teaching of History in a systematic and progressive way. Our history curriculum is taught as part of the ‘Learning Means the World’ topic.

Pupils are encouraged to discuss and reason with curiosity what they are presented with and how this can be interpreted. Having studied historical evidence, pupils are encouraged to react to History and use this knowledge to discuss, present, debate, re-enact and write from different historical perspectives. This embeds and consolidates pupils’ understanding of History and its impact on society. In the wider, broad and balanced curriculum, pupils are exposed to a range of stories and poems from different historical periods and a range of ethnicities, including BAME, with the intention of deepening their knowledge of History further. Historical learning is made significantly more memorable due to our carefully planned trips, educational visitors and workshops.

Impact - The Difference Our Curriculum Makes

The impact of the History curriculum at Acre View Primary school can be seen through:

  • Clear evidence that our children have shown progress and attainment in line with the National Curriculum
  • Our children demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject and can talk with confidence about history
  • Our children demonstrate an understanding of a range of historical vocabulary which can be applied confidently
  • As historians, our children can use their skills to pose questions, evaluate evidence and draw conclusions