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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Discover (Autumn Term)

At Bearbrook, our history curriculum is primarily taught in the first term and is woven through each of the Explore and Create projects.



Curriculum Intent

The 'Discover' element of our curriculum aims to provide an exciting historical journey through time. It will enable our pupils to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world.


It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and understand how the past influences the present. It encourages pupils to ask questions, think critically and weigh up evidence to help them reach informed conclusions.


History also helps our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. Children will gain a sense of identity within a social, political and economic background.


Curriculum Implementation 

During the Autumn Term, our Discover Projects have a history focus. It is our aim to provide the children with an opportunity to develop their sense of curiosity about the past and be able to investigate and interpret it, understanding the chronology as well as developing an overview of the history of Britain and the wider world. At Bearbrook School, we believe that children should leave us with a firm understanding of historical events that influence current and future choices and should inspire them to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.


Our aim is for all pupils to develop skills and knowledge and understanding in the following:


Historical Enquiry

Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence and different sources are used to make historical claims and why and how contrasting arguments of the past have been constructed.



Place their growing knowledge into different contexts and understand connections between local, regional, national and international history within short and long-term timescales.


Historical Knowledge

Know and understand how Britain and the wider world have been shaped and influenced by civilisations, events, societies, and individuals people from the past.


Historical Interpretation

Understand historical concepts such as continuity, consequence, reform, and change and use them to make connections, draw contrasts (across, as well as within, periods of time), and communicate how history has been interpreted by others, leading to their own evidence-based interpretations.

Curriculum Impact

Mrs Pullen has recently carried out a 'Deep Dive'. This is a way of evaluating how effectively our curriculum has achieved our aims set out in our intent. This process included looking at planning, children's work and talking to the children about their learning.



  • Children from across the school talk excitedly about their lessons and felt that they were being challenged.
  • Books and planning showed evidence of challenge and effective cross-curriculum links, particularly to writing and PSHE. 
  • Across the school, the coverage and progression of historical skills and knowledge are reflected in the children's work. 
  • Those year groups who have art with Mrs Mitchell have had the opportunity to build their understanding of cultural capital through purposeful and meaningful experiences. This has included a wide range of faiths, beliefs, periods in history and cultures from around the world.
  • In KS1, there was good coverage of the National Curriculum objectives and skills.


Next Steps

  • Improve coverage of the National Curriculum across KS2.
  • Evidence of more maths within our Discover projects.
  • Evidence of more historical sources and artefacts being used to help the children learn.