The aim of our history curriculum is to help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and how it has been influenced by the wider world. Pupils should gain a curiosity to know more about the past and the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and different relationships between groups. This should allow them to understand their own identity and challenges that we could face in the future.
History is organised into topics across the six year groups. These topics cover time periods in years three to five such as Ancient Egypt, Romans, Vikings and Ancient Greece. Year six pupils look at the specific theme of power and the monarchy to understand how it has changed over time along with a focus on local history. Year 1 and 2 learn about the history of the local area and significant individual Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes and Isaac Newton. They also focus on the key event of The Great Fire of London. Units are arranged across the year groups so that the children have a better understanding of chronology and have a balanced understanding of key periods in British history along with the chance to compare and contrast them with other civilisations in the wider world. Children are given a lot of information from their teachers and this is recorded on Knowledge Organisers. There are cross-curricular links with other subjects so that children can demonstrate their depth of knowledge and gain a more rounded understanding of the time and themes they are studying, but the main teaching of History is done within its subject specific lessons.
Knowledge and Skills Progression
The program of study of History is constructed so that through our units the children experience a progression of key skills which they build on each year. The children are encouraged to make links, identify trends and expand their knowledge of historical terms. We develop historical enquiry and questioning via the use of difference sources of information, resources, drama and hot seating along with enrichment activities such as theme days and trips.
Writing Genre Links
There is a wide scope for the genres of writing that can have a historical theme. The most obvious is chronological and non-chronological reports which can be created on the wealth of information they collect. Children can also create newspapers on important historical events or place themselves in the era being studied and write diaries, letters or even fiction as if they were there.