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St Mary's Academy

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Curriculum – Humanities


At Beaminster St Mary’s we follow a two-year topic cycle. Our humanities lessons consist of either a History or a Geography content. All of our subjects include the same curriculum drivers, these are:


  • We aspire for pupils to embrace challenge with a growth mindset and show curiosity, independence and resilience in all that they do.


  • We aspire for pupils to become wise, respectful learners.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally mature with a depth of language that enables them to share ideas effectively.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally literate, tolerant, and appreciative of an ever-changing global environment.




At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, our intent is to produce a high-quality History education for all learners in order for them to gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and we are passionate that our children should be able to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop their own perspective and judgements. In History pupils will understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and also the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Our planning is supported by the Collins Connect scheme of work.  Our curriculum is implemented in such a way which allows for teacher to present both disciplinary knowledge and the substantive facts for each unit. Children have the opportunity to evidence their learning in a variety of ways including verbal, written, pictorial and diagrammatic responses. Teachers aim to introduce new Vocabulary in every lesson and adapt their teaching as they deem necessary. Teachers allow for children to revisit learning from previous year groups and this is supported by the Collins Connected scheme of work in partnership with the Historical Association which logically builds and revisits prior learning. This helps the children develop a good understanding of complex historical ideas such as cause and consequence, as well as complex terms such as ‘empire’ and ‘migration’. History is taught discretely across the school to ensure that children build an understanding of the discipline and the enquiry skills associated with studying the past. We support the children’s understanding for how and why Beaminster came to be the way it is today, by grounding complex historical concepts in a local framework.


At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, we believe the impact of our History teaching provides cultural capital for our children to become educated citizens of the world.