History Rationale

At Merritts Brook E-ACT Academy, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Through our teaching, historical artefacts and visits, we will attempt to excite and intrigue our pupils to find out more about events and people from the past. We aim for a high quality history curriculum which will inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination. We aim for the pupils to understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. We develop pupils with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past
  • The ability to ask perceptive questions
  • The ability to think critically about history and to become analytical thinkers
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways
  • The ability to differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ
  • An ability to draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History


The history curriculum at Merritts Brook E-ACT Academy is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers have identified the key knowledge, skills and vocabulary of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

Below are our whole school curriculum maps for History and Geography:

History Curriculum Map

Geography Curriculum Map

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