In order to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods, both locally and across the world, our curriculum is underpinned by four key concepts:

Investigate and Interpret the Past

This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.

Build and Overview of World History

This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.

Understand Chronology

This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.

Communicate Historically

This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.

 

History is taught through both ‘blocking’ and ‘cross-curricular’ approaches to allow historical links to be made, as well as links with and across other subjects. Careful thought has been placed upon the sequencing of content so that pupils build upon prior learning and make connections. The curriculum has been specifically designed in this way to allow for a greater number of opportunities for children to work at a greater depth, deepening understanding, promoting critical thinkers and ensuring pupils know and remember more. The curriculum is a progressive model so that by learning the content pupils will make good progress as they move through the school from Early Years to Year 6. Challenge is inherent because the ambition is high for when Easterside Academy pupils leave our school.

Our aim is for all pupils to see themselves as historians and have a real passion for the subject and an enthusiastic engagement in its teaching and learning. We do this through an active curriculum that incorporates the outdoors where possible; providing our pupils with ‘memorable’ experiences and visits to bring History alive; as well as regular opportunities to work together collaboratively. We aim to develop their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways, and drive this at the start of each history topic using an enquiry question. We want our pupils to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

The History curriculum at Easterside Academy aims to develop pupils who are prepared to communicate confidently their ideas in styles appropriate for a range of authentic audiences. This includes opportunities to display and share their work with ‘Museums in the Classroom’ and Open Mornings, using historical vocabulary in which to do this. We strive to give pupils the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

Through our curriculum we aim to  develop pupils' ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources. Children are taught to have respect for historical evidence and how to use it to make robust and critical support to their explanations and judgements.