History at Summerbank

Our Curriculum Intent

History helps to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, provoking and providing the answers to questions about the past and its links and differences to the present. History is about understanding events in the past and identifying and considering reasons for the changes and how the lives of people were affected throughout these changes. It is an aspect of the curriculum where historical, geographical and social perspectives work together to help children understand that the present is shaped by the past. Our integrated approach provides History teaching and learning that is an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for pupils. Teachers and children work together as a collaboration, listening, responding and forming discussions together to explore and investigate through historical enquiry. Children are challenged through the curriculum to have a passion for history and an independent ethos that provides them with the desire and skills to continue to develop as strong, independent and fascinated historians as they are eager to further their historical development and knowledge beyond Summerbank.

The history curriculum at Summerbank draws from and makes full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at Summerbank is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Summerbank aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and can apply chronology both in Britain and across the world
  • Can analyse historical concepts and applications using and understanding the concepts of Continuity and Change; Cause and Consequence; Similarity and Difference
  • Are able to interpret historical sources taking meaning, understanding and interpretations from this
  • Develop, build and complete historical enquiries to explore and understand the historical reasoning in depth
  • Build a breadth of historical knowledge that spans from ancient civilisations to modern history ranging from local and national to international historical events and periods

We help our children to develop an understanding of how the history of our locality links to wider historical perspectives through a question and enquiry-based approach that progressively introduces a range of content under five key concepts. These are introduced through a range of contexts which is either a locality link or through the study of a key fiction text linked to the time, where possible we exploit both. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, equipping them well for further education and beyond. Children develop through the curriculum to have a passion for history and an independent ethos that provides them with the desire and skills to continue to develop geographically beyond Summerbank.

By teaching History, we aim to ensure pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in understanding and applying chronological knowledge
  • Can evaluate, analyse and interpret historical sources
  • Know, understand and make links across history looking at Continuity and Change; Cause and Consequence; Similarity and Difference
  • Enjoy an active involvement in history.
  • Have the confidence, skills, knowledge and independence to communicate their ideas through their range of historic work
  • Have opportunities to experience a broad and balanced range of historic activities and show progression within these.
  • Build an expansive knowledge of history ranging from modern history to the ancient civilisations
  • Are given equal access to the experience of history, regardless of their gender, race or disability.