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Learn both disciplinary and substantive knowledge.

Enhance and Extend vocabulary.

Apply within lesson and across various units and other subjects

Remember and retain knowledge.

National Curriculum and more.

History Intent

Our aim Bridgewater Park Primary School our aim is to support pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. We aim for our pupils to also be able to explain how different historical sources can give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may vary. Pupils will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing earners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day. Our history curriculum has been designed to cover all the disciplinary skills and substantive knowledge as set out in the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum states that ‘a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’ To ensure that pupils develop secure knowledge that they can build on, our history curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the substantive knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way.

Our history curriculum has a vital focus on vocabulary which encourages children to develop knowledge of significant local, British and world history.

  1. The History curriculum is taught through our key historical concepts which are chronology, invasion settlement, transport and monarchy.
  2. Our sequence of learning ensures all children develop their chronological understanding, historical enquiry and historical interpretation skills.
  3. Our history curriculum will inspire a curiosity and fascination about how the past has influenced and shaped the world we live in.
  4. Children will be provided with a broad range of relevant historical experiences that take into account our school’s individual location and identity.


History Implementation

Pupils study 3 history units every year. Each year pupils begin with a 'my history' unit at the start of the year in both year 1 and year 2 - to account for mixed age classes and to ensure that all pupils take part in an access unit at the start of key stage 1 - bridging the transition from the early years - focusing on what history is and the key skills that are needed to be a historian. Our 'my history' modules included: 

  • Me and My Family: Changes in Britain.
  • Me and My Family: Family Trees. 
  • A History of the Local Area. 
  • Our Ancestors: Stone Age Britain.
  • Romans in Britain.
  • A study of British History and how this links to the local area. 

Pupils will then study a further 2 history units throughout the year, this works on a two-year cycle to cater for mixed year groups.  Please refer to the long term overview below. Pupils are taught both disciplinary knowledge and substantive knowledge linked specifically to each unit. The disciplinary knowledge which the pupils will learn is attached below. 

There is also a focus on tier three subject specific vocabulary throughout the units, this is displayed on the learning wall along with key facts and questions, and model exemplars of the work being taught. Weekly curriculum quizzes are used to review learning and check that children know more and remember more. 

Our children will be given a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom where appropriate to create memorable learning opportunities and to further support and develop their understanding. 

Impact of History

Pupil voice tells us that pupils are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. Pupil voice also shows that pupils enjoy history and are able to recall their learning over time. Pupils work shows that history is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group.