Co-ordinator: Mrs B Murray
Our aim in teaching History at Seaton Academy is to ensure that children develop a passion for history and an understanding of the people, events, and societies that have shaped our world. We believe that History is an essential part of a well-rounded education that inspires curiosity, empathy, and critical thinking. Our intent is to create and deliver a History curriculum that is rich, diverse, and inclusive, that reflects the needs and interests of our pupils, and that meets the requirements of the national curriculum.
To achieve our intent, we have implemented a curriculum that is well-structured, progressive, and coherent. We use a range of teaching methods and resources that engage children's curiosity and imagination, allowing them to explore historical concepts and themes in a meaningful and challenging way. We also ensure that our History curriculum is complemented by trips, visits, and other enrichment opportunities that bring the subject to life and make it relevant to children's lives and experiences.
Our History curriculum is divided into four main areas of study: Changes within Living Memory, Significant Historical Events and People, Historical Figures and their Impact, and The Wider World. Within each area are identified key concepts and skills that children should develop, such as chronology, cause and effect, historical accuracy, and empathy. We also use cross-curricular links to help children develop a deep understanding of History as part of a wider network of knowledge and skills.
We use a range of assessment tools to monitor children's progress and adapt our teaching to meet their individual needs. We also involve parents and carers in the learning process by sharing information about what children are learning and how they can support their children's learning at home.
Our History curriculum has had a significant impact on our pupils. Children develop a deep understanding of the past and a strong sense of historical empathy, which helps them to make sense of the present and the future. Our pupils also develop critical thinking and analytical skills that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum and beyond. Our pupils are achieving highly in History, and are well-prepared for the next stage of their educational journey. We know this to be true because we regularly ask our pupils for feedback on our History curriculum, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.