At our Academy, we are passionate about fostering creativity. We want our pupils to ask questions and make links, so we have chosen to teach the broader curriculum areas through a topic structure.  The curriculum units have been written by  leaders and teachers within the Mossbourne Federation, because we believe that in order to best serve our children and our community, our curriculum needs to reflect and represent all within it, as well as the context of the surrounding environment.  

History intends to prepare each student for their next phase of education whilst at the same time giving all students a broad and balanced view of the History of Britain and other societies and epochs.  We aim to provide an inclusive curriculum which represents our school community, giving all of our pupils the understanding of their place in our world. 

In this, students will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with intention to improve every students’ cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. History at MRA aims to be ambitious, and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and thorough teaching of Historical skills. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.   

At MRA, we have designed our History curriculum with the intent that our children will:  

  • Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers  
  • Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of History  
  • To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality  
  • Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies and epochs  
  • Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ   
  • Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History  
  • Enquire into Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past 

The intent of the geography  curriculum is that our children will have a deep understanding of their local environment and the diverse surroundings in the wider world, with appreciation to human and physical characteristics. 

We will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people
  • Equips children with an understanding of diverse places, people, resources and environments around them
  • Allows children to build on prior learning about physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments
  • Develops an understanding that the Earth’s features are interconnected and change over time
  • Encourages exploration of their own environment and challenges pupils to make connections between their local surroundings and that of contrasting settlements
  • Use local area and community to develop geographical skills and knowledge
  • PSHE is to be thread where relatable in the form of ‘Big Questions’ inspiring topical debate on important issues


Our Humanities is structured within three over arching topics during the course of the academic year.  These three topics are routed in History and form the context for all the learning that term.

Each unit starts with an exciting ‘entry point’ designed to enthuse and engage pupils with the new topic. They share what they already know and what they want to find out through a ‘knowledge harvest’. At the end of topics, pupils reflect on what they have learned, how they have improved and what they still want to work on through an ‘exit point’.

They also celebrate their achievements and share what they have most enjoyed in ‘exit assemblies’.