Intent - What Do We Aspire for Our Children?
Our Curriculum Intent for History
At Helsby Hillside, we provide a high-quality history curriculum that is ambitious and designed for all pupils. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively providing our children with a secure, coherent knowledge about British, local and world history.
Our curriculum content is rich with knowledge. Alongside the development of substantive knowledge, children will build their disciplinary knowledge, learning to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and sift arguments. Across units of work, children revisit recurring historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference, and significance. These concepts allow children to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts. Our curriculum has been designed to develop children’s understanding of abstract historical themes such as invasion, religion, settlement, and innovation. These themes are regularly revisited throughout the curriculum resulting in children developing a deeper, more nuanced understanding of these ideas. Children will study a range of cultures and historical perspectives enabling them to be respectful, tolerant, and empathetic.
Children will leave Helsby Hillside knowledgeable about key people, events, and time periods from the past. These will be woven together to form coherent historical narratives that will act as a springboard for their secondary education.