At Bournemouth Park we aim to provide children with a high-quality education that inspires their curiosity and enthusiasm for history and equips them with a rich, coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want our children to be able to make sense of the present as well as the past, and understand and respect the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. Pupils develop the skills to think like a historian by individually or collaboratively asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement.
Pupils are taught to make comparisons and explore historical concepts (such as similarity and difference, continuity and change, and significance) using increasingly complex vocabulary. We want all children to have a well-grounded disciplinary knowledge in History, reflecting on how historians have researched into the past, and how they have come to an interpretation, as well as analysing a range of accounts and arguments building their resilience as historians. Including a local history study within each year group allows our pupils to come to explore their own identity in the context of our own diverse school community.
The history curriculum at Bournemouth Park Academy plays a central role in shaping our pupils’ sense of personal, social and cultural identity, with direct links to our connected curriculum topics. Within each year group, children are enabled to develop their historical understanding and investigative skills in the six key areas: causes and consequence, similarities and differences, change and continuity, sources and evidence, historical interpretations, and historical significance. Whilst developing these skills through a range of topic related scenarios, children are also encouraged to learn about significant people throughout history, who in turn, inspire further curiosity and development.
Every year group completes a history unit per term, related to their topic. The document below shows the knowledge and skills that are covered in each year group for each topic.