Mesty Croft Academy

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History Curriculum

History at Mesty Croft Academy



Our vision is to inspire and nurture knowledgeable and mindful historians.



The aim of history teaching at Mesty Croft Academy is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.


Curriculum Organisation and Delivery

The History National Curriculum is delivered through a focus on four key areas: Chronology, Knowledge & Understanding, Interpretation & Enquiry and Organisation & communication.  Over the stretch of these four areas, 7 central concepts are delved into, broadening the children’s vocabulary and allowing them to talk about History in a matured, knowledgeable, informed way.


Central Concept



History from the perspective of people – gender, race, class, family.

Learn about equality, division, relationships, communication.


History from the perspective of rule –

Governance, leadership, rights and ethics.

Learn about nations, empires, war, peace and diplomacy.

Interaction with environment

How history has been affected by the physical nature of The Earth–

Climate, location, disease, food, natural disasters, sources of energy. Migration and movement.


The history of religion, philosophy, beliefs, superstitions.

Clashes of ideology and changes over time.

History of art, music, literature and how they have shaped and been shaped throughout history.


History of agriculture, industrialisation, capitalism and socialism.

Changes to technology and trade networks.


Ability to place people, events and eras on a timeline in order to understand them better.


See links between the central concepts – use the central concepts as a way of describing, analysing, comparing and contrasting historical people, events, eras and innovations.


The History curriculum is made up by the study of eras, events, themes and decades of the 20th century.  All topics have been chosen to give children a rich and broad picture of history from The Stone Age to the present day.  Children are then taught to compare and contrast these concepts between the topics. 

History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past