At Hartburn Primary School we are passionate that all children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through an engaging and creative approach. We develop a fascination about how people’s lives have changed over the centuries and inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Through strong teaching, we empower children to show resilience, ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop judgement. Our bespoke curriculum has been decolonised in order for children to learn about the people and places of the past with a holistic view, studying different perspectives. Our aim is to equip children with the skills required for their future education and beyond. Children develop a sense of their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Hartburn staff and pupils are passionate about History. Sequences of learning begin with an ‘engage day’. Each of our lessons begin with a historical enquiry question and children actively ask about the past and show an enthusiasm for investigating History. Teachers support pupils in layering their knowledge and understanding of chronology. Children use chronological terminology and have a sense of duration and how periods and events fit together in a sequence. Our children attend school visits; they have the opportunity to see sites and handle artefacts first-hand. Children are aware of and show passion for their local and global responsibility, making connections to the Global Goals. We teach bespoke units such as, ‘Black History’ and ‘Migration’ – British Migration as part of the British Colonial Empire, see pupils delving into British history with all pupils able to make connections with themselves and the past.
Our History curriculum allows all pupils to flourish as historians and sets high expectations for all. Reading facilitates many engaging learning opportunities within our curriculum for History, whether that is using non-fiction texts to gather information, or the children becoming enveloped into a different time period through historical fiction. Where possible, a cross-curricular approach is taken within History lessons to provide rich learning opportunities, using subjects such as drama and art to enhance the topic being taught. By the end of Year 6, children have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives.