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Eskdale Junior School

Think like a … Historian!


 Our curriculum is underpinned by our five core values, supporting pupils academic and personal development, making learning and knowledge gain meaningful, developing pupil’s character and preparing them to be successful Eskdalers now and into the future. We achieve this by introducing pupils to the idea of our ‘Think like a..’ approach to their learning, enabling them to become a little more ‘expert’.

‘Think like a…’, including talk, write and read like a Historian is central to pupils’ learning and designed to develop pupil oracy and vocabulary skills to enable them to use historical language meaningfully when talking about History.

When reading like a Historian, pupils have opportunities to read across the curriculum to support the knowledge and vocabulary to be gained in the subject of History.

Our History curriculum supports pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip them 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.

To ensure that pupils are equipped with and develop a more rigorous understanding of History, History is taught through the school’s process model:

  • Chronology – Creating and using timelines, to gain an understanding of key dates associated with the time period. 
  • Enquiry – Using and critically thinking sources to gain an understanding about aspects of a historical time period.
  • Analysis – Comparing the time period studied with the 21st Century or other time periods. Analysing findings to identify similarities, differences, trends, impacts, causes and effects. 
  • Present Findings – Presenting the findings of the enquiry in order to answer the Big Question.

The teaching of History is delivered through our method of teaching (pedagogy) incorporates meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain the learning of knowledge. This is typically applied by:

  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • Small step teaching delivery
  • Independent practice
  • Feedback

How we adapt the History Curriculum for SEND Pupils

As part of our quality first approach to teaching, we use a range of strategies to support SEND pupils to access the History curriculum. The document below details examples of the adaptations that are made to support pupils in class.