Britannia Terrace Houghton Le Spring Tyne And Wear DH4 6HL

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Dubmire Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust


Subject Lead - Mr R Topping

‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history!’ 

History, the study of the past, is all around us; we are continually making history through our thoughts, words and actions. History is personal and global; it is everyday life and momentous occasions. History is about people.

Through our study of the past, we can understand how our own world works. We can also understand how and why things happen to us.


Intent - What Do We Aspire for Our Children?

Our Curriculum Intent for History

At Dubmire, we provide a high-quality history curriculum that has been carefully designed and sequenced to equip our children with a secure, chronological and coherent knowledge about British, local and world history. Curriculum content is knowledge, vocabulary and experience rich, delivered in a sequenced chronological order, allowing children to develop their understanding of abstract historical concepts as they move through school. Our curriculum reflects our locality and endeavours to ensure children are knowledgeable about their locality’s history and the changes it has seen. Our history curriculum promotes curiosity and a love for learning about the past.  Through an enquiry-based approach, children are encouraged to ask and explore historically valid questions and report their findings by drawing on skills from across the curriculum. Alongside the development of substantive knowledge, children will develop their disciplinary skills as they learn the fundamental elements of what it is to be a historian. Children will study a range of cultures and historical perspectives enabling them to be respectful, tolerant and empathetic. Children will leave Dubmire being knowledgeable about key people, events and time periods from the past and will weave these together to form overarching historical narratives.

Implementation - How Will We Deliver the Curriculum?

Knowledge at the Heart of the Curriculum

Learning knowledge is not an endpoint in itself, it is a springboard to learning more knowledge. Each unit in our overview is underpinned by rich, substantive knowledge and ambitious vocabulary, whilst also ensuring children are developing their disciplinary knowledge (historical skills). Each unit of work is planned carefully to ensure concepts are taught in optimal order to support children's understanding. As well as developing a breadth of historical knowledge, we want our children to become skilful historians. Each unit of work has an emphasis on historical enquiry where children investigate historically framed questions whilst also developing historical enquiries of their own. In addition to substantive and disciplinary knowledge, children will develop their experiential knowledge through museum visits, handling artifacts and engaging in carefully planned fieldwork. 



Children in EYFS will use a range of stories and personal experiences to develop their understanding of the world (Past and Present). Children will use interest based topics to:


  • Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.



In KS1 children will develop an awareness of the past, whilst understanding common themes relating to the past. They should know where the people and events they study
fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. A wide range of vocabulary will be used in order to ask and answer questions. Children in this key stage will use stories and other sources in order to build up their understanding about a time or person from the past. Children will be exposed to substantive and disciplinary concepts in order to build chronological knowledge, make links between periods of time and set foundations of understanding for KS2 history. 


Pupils will build upon previously learned time periods and concepts, in order to develop a chronological and secure knowledge of history. Children will study British, local and world history and note any trends or narratives within and across the studied periods. Pupils will regularly address and devise historically valid questions and use knowledge learned in order to construct well informed responses.  Children in this key stage will understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Teaching will ensure that history is combined and in-depth to help pupils understand both long arc developments and complex aspects.

Whole School - Black History Month

At Dubmire we believe that history is a great platform to help celebrate the significance of black figures from the past. Every year, pupils from each year group look at significant person/people from the past in order to understand how they have positively contributed to the world we live in. By Summer Term, Year 6 use their previous knowledge and understanding in this area, to contribute to the 'Black and British' unit. 

 Black History Month School Overview (2).docxDownload
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History - Key Documents 

 A-3 sheet Overview.docxDownload
 Dubmire Academy History Overview - 2023 (1).docxDownload
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 Disciplinary Progression .docxDownload
 Dubmire Primary Academy - Key for History Disaplinary Concepts - definitions.docxDownload
 Dubmire Primary Academy - Key for History Substantive Knowledge - definitions.docxDownload
 Substantive Progression.docxDownload
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