Our history curriculum encourages pupils to become curious. They learn about the past and how it has shaped the world they live in.

At Estcourt Primary Academy, we teach children the skills and knowledge for them to become curious and question and enquire about the past and how it has shaped the world around them.

We develop the minds of our young historians through our key drivers:
• Analysing different sources of information
• Understand diversity throughout time
• Exploring how the past influences the present and future
• Retaining key knowledge to make links across time periods
• Exploring questions about way of life, technological advancement and conflict.

History is embedded in our Reading Enhanced Curriculum which has reading for purpose at its core. Each unit of work has a high-quality, age appropriate driving text assigned that is used as the catalyst to impart curriculum knowledge and promote questioning. These texts are carefully selected to engage, inspire and deepen understanding. Alongside this, supplementary texts and bespoke knowledge organisers enable pupils to enrich their knowledge, vocabulary and curriculum skills. Every curriculum session begins with reading for purpose, from either the driving book or a supplementary text. Pupils then use this as a stimulus to discuss new knowledge, deepen their enquiry skills and form links in their learning.

We transport pupils back in time to significant events. This helps them develop a greater understanding of local, British and global history. The history curriculum enables pupils to understand about past civilisations. We explore how Britain and the world has changed over time. Pupils gain knowledge about the social, moral and cultural changes throughout time. They use this knowledge to reflect on similarities and differences of historic civilisations. Pupils use historical sources to provide information about the past.

Pupils also learn about significant people and events. These may be local, British or world disasters, industrial change, civilisations or conflicts.