The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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History

 

"To build safe, independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement"

We intend for pupils to have the historical skills to:

  • To develop a rounded understanding of the wider world and society we live in
  • To understand, interpret and respect different points of view
  • To develop knowledge and understanding for a safe, fulfilling and independent life

 

Implementation:

The history projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s historical knowledge, skills and subject disciplines. Key aspects and concepts, such as chronology, cause and effect, similarity and difference, significance and hierarchy, are revisited throughout all projects and are developed over time. All projects also develop historical skills based on evidence and historical enquiry. The choice of historical periods follows the guidance set out in the national curriculum, with specific details relating to significant events and individuals chosen to present a rich and diverse account of British and world history. Where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections with other projects, history projects are sequenced accordingly. For example, the project Dynamic Dynasties is taught alongside the art and design project Taotie to give children a better all-round understanding of ancient Chinese arts and culture. All history projects are taught in the autumn and summer terms, with opportunities to revisit historical concepts in some of the spring term geography projects. 

 

 In Explorer 2 children study the project Childhood. This project builds on children’s past experiences, including their family history and events within living memory, and works well as an introductory project. Children go on to  study the project School Days. This project enables children to learn the history of their school and compare schooling in the Victorian period. In the following cycle children extend their studies to explore a broader range of periods in the project Movers and Shakers. This project explores the concept of significance and the significant people that have greatly influenced history. Children progress to study the project Magnificent Monarchs. This project introduces children to the challenging concepts of power and monarchy in preparation for more complex historical topics further up the school. The projects studied in Explorer 2 provide numerous opportunities for children to explore significant historical events, people and places in their locality.

 

In Explorer 3 children study the chronology of British history in the project Through the Ages. This project teaches children about the significance of prehistoric periods and the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  Children continue to develop their knowledge of the chronology of British history in the project Emperors and Empires. This project teaches children about the Roman Empire, its invasion of Britain and Britain’s ensuing Romanisation. In the next curriculum cycle children resume their learning about British history in the project Invasion. This project teaches children about the Roman withdrawal and the invasion and settlement of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This project concludes at 1066, which meets the guidance from the national curriculum for British history. Following this children begin their studies of ancient history by studying the overview project Ancient Civilisations. This project enables children to learn about the achievements of the earliest civilisations, including ancient Sumer, the Indus Valley civilisation and ancient Egypt.

 

In Explorer 4 children continue to learn about ancient civilisations with an in-depth analysis of ancient China in the project Dynamic Dynasties. This project enables children to study the significance and influence of ancient China and its prowess and advancements in the written word, technology and metalwork.  Children further study ancient and world history in the project Groundbreaking Greeks. This project enables children to explore life in ancient Greece, including examining the achievements and influence of ancient Greece on the western world. In the next curriculum cycle children study the more complex historical issues of enslavement, colonialism and power in the project Maafa. In this project, children explore a range of African kingdoms, including the Kingdom of Benin, and study Britain’s role in the development, perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade. Children complete their historical studies with the project Britain at War. This project enables children to study the role war has played in Britain’s history since 1066, focusing on the First and Second World Wars as crucial turning points in British history.

 

Throughout the history scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programs of study. Our pupils have the opportunity to achieve Entry Level History some with a talent in history may access individual provision to achieve a GCSE History. 

 

Measuring the Impact of the History Curriculum: 

  • Accreditation achieved
  • Pupil progress and attainment cycle 
  • Pupil voice
  • Staff curriculum evaluation 
  • Parent voice 
  • Quality feedback

Impact of the History Curriculum:

All Springfields pupils will leave the academy achieving as a minimum the Entry Level 1 qualification in History; some may achieve GCSE History on a specific intervention program.