History at SKA


At South Kirkby Academy, we believe that history is vitally important to our learners. Our children are encouraged to ask questions and to make links with the past, to help understand how history has shaped the world they live in today.

Whilst following the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, at South Kirkby Academy we place the utmost importance on providing an exciting and stimulating curriculum, which provides our children with the opportunity to be creative, challenged and we want to ensure that the learners experience the learning first hand.

High quality history education will help pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Not only is the learning rooted deeply in the lives of our pupils and their community it is also prepares our pupils for life in modern Britain and the world. South Kirkby being an ex-coal mining village lends itself to learn history first hand through vast possibilities in the surrounding areas and being able to learn through a local, national and international lese.

Our history lessons are planned and delivered through clear sequences of learning and delivered in small steps of progression so that all children achieve a positive outcome. The lessons are planned taking into consideration prior learning, and knowledge and skills needed for a lifelong learner. We constantly try to make connections between the history lesson and the world the children live in and when possible, we make connection cross curricular to enhance the learning experience. We want our history teaching to inspire pupil’s curiosity and their interest to learn more. Our scheme of learning is underpinned by teaching the basic skills and key enquiries to engage the children’s learning. Though our history lesson we promote critical thinking and deeper understanding of the leaning.



Our History curriculum aims to excite the children and allow them to develop their own skills as historians with a clear sequence of learning. When possible, we try to enhance the learning with objects or visuals to provide the children with a deeper learning experience. The children develop and expand their skills with regular references to previous knowledge and cross curricular links to ensure the children can apply their knowledge. The learning is delivered with timelines, theoretical knowledge and a hands-on approach; like involving artefacts, drama or trips outside in the community or further afar.

Enquiry based learning is of extreme importance for History learning as questions support the direction of the learning journey and encourage the children to self-assess. Reflection of knowledge helps the children to deepen their understanding and to apply the learned knowledge.



Outcomes in curriculum and literacy books evidence a broad and varied History curriculum. Additionally, it demonstrates the children’s acquired knowledge. Children are encouraged to reflect on the learned and guided by their teacher with questions to deepen their understanding.

At South Kirkby Academy, we aim to ensure that children are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. The skills that are required to be a historian can transfer to other curriculum areas, as well as creating independent, critically thinking young adults.

Whole School Overview for History

Whole School Curriculum Mapping

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SMSC in History at SKA

History teaching and learning at South Kirkby Academy promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children in many ways:



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Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life may be rooted in religion, but equally may not.This refers to children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for, different people’s feelings and values. This is developed in History by giving pupils the opportunity to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.



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Moral development is largely about making choices, behaviour and how you live your life. Its also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Moral Development refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong. Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong through Historical events.



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Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community.Social Development refers to a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society and become informed citizens of the future. This is supported by encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities; for example, where they live, different kinds of family models, age issues as explored through the study of History.



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Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities. Understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others. Cultural development refers to pupils developing their understanding of beliefs, values and customs in social, ethnic and national groups different to their own. This is supported by celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures through the study of History.



How our 4 school values are evidenced in History...



We strive to do our best!

Pupils develop and enhance their History through  enquiry based learning. Pupils have the opportunity to develop their History learning  through, drama, discussion and feedback. All are encouraged to strive to be the best historians that they can possibly be! We encourage our pupils to be dedicated and never give up. 


We achieve success!

Through regular verbal and written feedback, our pupils are encouraged to learn from any mistakes and to be successful in all their historical learning . Pupil's progress in History  is shared and celebrated in class. Pupils are role models to their peers, and through peer mentoring, they help and guide each other so that there is 'Success for All'


We work together as a team!  


We encourage our pupils to work productively with their peers, valuing different points of view when working together during all History based tasks to improve their  skills . We teach our pupils when to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise during History lessons.Good writers collaborate and communicate.



We are excited about our learning!


Through offering a wide range of learning experiences in History our pupils are excited to learn and apply their written skills along with  revisiting previous learning. Our pupils are excited by their book based curriculum and showcase their skills and learning  at every opportunity that they can.


South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

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