Skip to main content


At Eden School we intend to deliver excellent outcomes academically and instill a deep understanding and appreciation of history while equipping pupils with essential knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a global perspective. We strive to ensure our pupils develop a deep understanding of continuity and change, allowing them to follow the thread of development throughout the ages and through different perspectives i.e. power, democracy and invasion.

Carefully selected topics help pupils to develop empathy, through furthering their understanding of how the world has changed and the effects these changes have had. We also develop a deeper understanding of how cultural diversity has developed in Lancashire, in Britain and the wider world and the impact this has had on our lives.

We have carefully designed a curriculum that fosters curiosity and a thirst for knowledge among our pupils and also promotes historical literacy by providing opportunities to analyse primary sources, evaluate different historical interpretations and engaging in historical research projects. Each topic has linked ambitious subject-specific vocabulary that is taught discretely then embedded throughout the sessions which supports their understanding of history as well as positively impacting Oracy.

We recognize the importance of a coherent and sequenced curriculum that builds upon prior knowledge, enabling pupils to make connections between different historical periods and events. We have also sequenced our curriculum to support pupils’ understanding of chronology and create a variety of opportunities for them to experience history and its impact on society. Overarching enquiry questions allow pupils to develop independent thought so they can debate, defend and challenge opinions with empathy, compassion and respect for others. Planning links current learning to past studies, for example Year 8 explore the development of democracy in Britain which begins by revisiting the KS2 topic, Ancient Greece.

Progress is continually monitored through formative and summative assessment ensuring knowledge gaps are addressed and pupils have key component knowledge at their fingertips, reducing cognitive load and allowing them to focus on the intended learning outcome.

We provide a range of enriching experiences, including visits to historical sites, museums, and guest speakers. Opportunities which enhance pupils’ understanding, provide real-world context and foster a deeper connection with history. We also encourage independent research and provide opportunities for pupils to engage in projects and presentations, fostering their creativity and communication skills.

Eden school’s History curriculum follows the National Curriculum. At KS4 our pupils study Entry level or GCSE History. Our intent is to foster historical thinking skills, including the ability to evaluate and interpret historical sources, analyse cause and consequence, and develop arguments based on evidence. We believe that these skills are essential for our pupils to become informed and responsible citizens who can actively participate in shaping the future.


Curriculum Maps

“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher