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Our history curriculum provides all children at Nova Primary Academy with coherent and chronological substantive knowledge of the history of Britain and the wider world, selected to build pupils’ understanding of three vertical concepts. These vertical concepts provide both a concrete lens through which to study and contextualise history, as well as use small steps to help pupils gain a deep understanding of complex, abstract ideas:

Quest for knowledge: How do people understand the world around them? What is believed; what is known; what scientific and technological developments are made at the time? How is knowledge stored and shared? What shapes people’s views about the world?

Power, Empire and Democracy: Who holds power, and what does this mean for different people in different civilisations? How is power wielded and legitimised? How are people’s rights different in different historical contexts?

Community and Family: What is life like for people in different societies? How are these societies structured? How are family and community roles and relationships different in different historical contexts?

Our history curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to see themselves reflected in the curriculum, but also to be taken beyond their own experiences. It teaches pupils about   civilisations from across the world and the experiences — both negative and positive — of different individuals through history.

Pupils are taught how to think, read and write like a historian and how to approach challenging, historically-valid questions. Our curriculum is grounded in core disciplinary knowledge.

We want our pupils to have an excitement for history and to be inspired to learn more about the past.