At Summerseat Methodist Primary, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; with knowledge and understanding about significant aspects of the history of the wider world including ancient civilisations and empires; with changes in living memory and beyond living memory; with learning about the lives of significant people of the past; with understanding the methods of historical enquiry and being able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits and visitors.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as the driver of a topic in each year group, focusing on knowledge and skills. There are usually three history focus units across each year.
The history curriculum at Summerseat is based on the National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our history Steps in Learning document which outlines the progression of knowledge and skills. Teachers use this document to plan their history lessons alongside the unit plans that provide a suggested learning journey for each of the units. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.