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Barnburgh Primary Academy

Barnburgh Primary Academy


‘We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.’

Martin Luther King




At Barnburgh Primary Academy, we aim to enable pupils to become curious, reflective learners who are able to explain and ask questions competently and confidently. History will clearly contribute towards this, enabling pupils to respond thoughtfully to different learning and stimuli.

Our Core Values provide the platform on which we have built our curriculum offer at Barnburgh Primary Academy. Our History curriculum is underpinned by our Core Values in the following ways;


  • To have the courage to ask and answer questions related to History.


  • To develop the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder and to not give up.


  • To do their best work and then to push themselves beyond what they consider to be their best.
  • To develop a desire to achieve something.


  • To respect the acts and choices made by people in the past.
  • To appreciate the things that we should now be thankful for, because of the actions of people in the past.
  • To respect the views of others.


  • To develop confident historians who can think for themselves.


We want our History curriculum to help children to;

  • Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
  • Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument.
  • Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.





Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘pupils should 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. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.’ Our History curriculum has been structured in a cross-curricular way to effectively facilitate this. History learning will form the drivers for a class topic or may be used to enhance a further driver subject, to provide more knowledge and understanding of that area.

At Barnburgh Primary Academy, each of our historians has a history book, which includes learning in a range of different ways, to showcase what they have been studying. School visitors and trips are facilitated where appropriate, to enhance the pupils’ understanding and knowledge further.




Due to the nature of this curriculum area, History monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil voice. School leaders use pupil voice as an effective tool to ascertain the pupils’ ability to express themselves, through questioning and discussion. History book monitoring throughout all year groups also takes place once a term to compliment this, allowing leaders to ensure our historians have the opportunity to develop their knowledge fully and showcase their understanding. Examples of our historians’ work is exhibited throughout the school, both on classroom and communal displays.

Please find the history progression document below. This is a working document.