We have carefully designed our history curriculum to provide a programme of study which enables pupils to achieve the aims of the National Curriculum before the end of Year 6. The content has been selected specifically to help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Where possible, children learn about the past through primary, first-hand sources, for instance, artefacts and photographs and secondary sources such as websites, articles and information texts. We also make use of our local area to pursue historical inquiry as well as discovering how life and society have changed over time and subsequently impacted our current lives.
Opportunities are planned in for pupils to explore a range of worldwide historical figures and learn about how their achievements or actions have impacted society today. We aim to broaden their understanding of the past, but also the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Underpinning our history curriculum are key questions and historical skills designed to enable pupils to ‘work historically’ exploring topics, building on prior knowledge, asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement. It also enables pupils to understand how historians investigate the past, and how they construct historical claims, arguments and accounts. To ensure learning is processed into the long-term memory regular low steak quizzes are used to revise and recall key knowledge.
The curriculum is progressive, including substantive knowledge, topics, concepts and skills that pupils must learn to accelerate later learning. Certain curriculum content, such as key concepts, are repeated throughout so that pupils can encounter it more than once, in different contexts, and secure in their long-term memory.
We increasingly use high-quality non-fiction texts to further enhance the learning experience. This enables our pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a topic through Reading and Writing.
We are currently planning enriching experiences, including trips and visits to enhance our history curriculum. This will be developed throughout the 2021-2022 academic year according to COVID-19 restrictions and the needs of our children.