''The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future''

-Theodore Roosevelt

Through the study of History, pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change. 

We aim for our learners to:  

  • gain an excellent knowledge and understanding of people and events from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes;
  • know and understand the history of Britain and how it has been influenced by the wider world;
  • gain a strong knowledge about their Northamptonshire History, particularly in our local area;
  • develop a sense of their own identity within our social, political, cultural and economic background;
  • develop the ability to think critically about history and communicate their ideas in styles appropriate to a range of audiences; 
  • consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using appropriate and accurate historical evidence;
  • develop the ability to think critically, reflect, debate, discuss, question and evaluate the past;
  • make effective links between history and other subjects, developing their schemas and making learning increasingly relevant and connected (taking in new information, connecting it to other things we know, believe, or have experienced.

  • History is taught using the threshold concepts, which build progressively to deepen knowledge, understanding and build schemas
  • These lessons are personalised and relevant to the needs of the learners. 
  • Teachers are able to seek advice and guidance from Year Group and Subject Leaders.
  • History should be taught throughout the school year, spaced with Geography. This is because we believe this is the best way to retrieve knowledge, space learning and support the change in the long term memory.
  • History should be mapped in accordance with the National Curriculum requirements, to ensure sufficient breadth of study. 

Threshold 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 an 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. 

At Bridgewater Primary School, the impact for the learners in History will be that pupil voice evidences confident learners who are able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. They are able to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology and build an overview of local, British and world history. The curriculum is spaced and ambitious and builds on the threshold concepts, the ‘big ideas’ that shape the learners’ thinking over time. Each concept is taught within a breadth of different contexts, so that it gains meaning and helps to build schemas of knowledge. They are able to think critically about the subject and recall their learning over time.

Pupil voice also demonstrates that pupils are enthusiastic about history and understand how it helps them make sense of the past and the impact it has on future events.  Pupils' work demonstrates that history is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group, with opportunities planned in for pupils showing a swift understanding or working at greater depth. Work is of high quality and demonstrates pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence and with an understanding of the interdisciplinary links. 

Bridgewater Primary School's Rationale

We aim to provide children with an exciting, ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum that will instil a love of learning for life. Our approach enables all children to become lifelong learners by developing transferable skills to equip them to become successful citizens. We are an inclusive learning community, in which everyone is valued as an individual and supported to progress. We have high expectations for all our learners and seek to engage them with high quality teaching and engaging content.  

Our curriculum aims to support our children to understand and make links in their learning, deepen their understanding, knowledge and skills and encourage their passions and enthusiasm for the subjects that we teach. We teach each subject discretely but make interdisciplinary links, where these are meaningful and appropriate. 

We endeavour to provide all children with an environment in which they can thrive, develop curiosity and independent learning behaviours, which enables them to actively participate and learn study skills now and for their future. We encourage them to have high expectations of themselves through questioning, discussion and through the learning evident in their books. We aim for every child to make good progress using these principles.

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