We have a Curriculum Leader who will deliver training on curriculum design across the school.
History and Geography form an important part of our curriculum. We follow the National curriculum and embrace a broad-spectrum of stimulating topics. As a school we aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about Britain and the wider world and wholly develop each child's geographical and historical skills, understanding and knowledge choosing a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Consequently, our lessons are well planned, highly engaging and challenge all abilities where children are encouraged to engage in meaningful discussions using appropriate vocabulary. Other curriculum areas are incorporated into learning to ensure high levels of motivation and interest from the children.
We teach a knowledge engaged curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners the skills needed to succeed in life. We teach through Topics (through Literacy where links can be made) as opposed to themes. If a subject does not link it is taught as a standalone.
Across KS2, History topics are organised into a linear sequence building on children’s prior knowledge. All year groups focus on an ancient civilisation as well as British history from the Stone Age through to 1066 (the exception is Year 6 who study World War 2) recognising how important historical events shaped the world. All year groups have 2 half terms where history is the main subject area for their focus.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Purpose of study
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand 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.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key stage 1
Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Pupils should be taught about:
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
Pupils should be taught about: