- Developing sequential learning where pupils know more and can do more, promoting a love a learning
- Learning about the local context and how the past has impacted on life today
- Considering depth and breadth and curriculum content, creating awe and wonder moments
- Ensuring exposure and immersion in high quality texts linked to topics to keep reading at the heart of the curriculum
- Having clear and focused opportunities for assessment to ensure learning is being transferred into the long term memory.
- Develop historical language and the use of ambitious vocabulary
- Develop a clear understanding of chronology and the impact on life today
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full History Curriculum.
In Reception, History is incorporated within the 'Understanding the World' strand of learning. Over the year children will talk about members of their immediate family and community through ongoing discussions and when presenting their 'All About Me' box that they bring to school in September containing photographs of people who are special to them. In Reception we will look at key figures from the past and link these people to relevant and topical learning. Through these stories discussions will arise around common themes such as; bravery, difficult choices and kindness, and will talk about the children's experiences with these themes.
In Year 1, pupils will learn about changes within their living memory. Pupils will also learn about events beyond their own living memory such as: Victorian Life and The Great Fire of London. Pupils will learn about significant people of the past as well as learning about local history.
In Year 2, pupils will learn about changes within their living memory. Pupils will also learn about events beyond their own living memory such as: Victorian Life and The Great Fire of London. Pupils will learn about significant people of the past as well as learning about local history. Comparative skills will develop as children are encouraged to explore similarities and differences between ways of life. Eg - Victorian toys compared to their own.
In Year 3, children will begin to further develop their understanding of chronology. They will explore simple similarities and differences between different time periods. Eg - Celts and Romans and be able to recognise how they have shaped our world today. Pupils will begin to use historical vocabulary in their responses.
In Year 4, pupils will add to the understanding of chronology and understanding of British, local and world history. Pupils will learn about significant people of the past along with local history such as: tin mining. Pupils will be able to recall and organise historical information and use a wider range of historical language when asking questions or drawing conclusions.
In Year 5, pupils will be able to sequence key events within a time period studied as well as order periods of time with more confidence. In doing so, children will be able to recall relevant terms and period labels and make more detailed comparisons between different times in the past. Pupils will be given opportunities to compare an aspect of life with the same aspect in another period.
In Year 6, in depth studies of 2 different time periods will take place. Eg - World War 2 and Ancient Greeks. Children will be able to use their knowledge gained across their time at primary school and develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across time periods studied. Children will examine and use a range of primary and secondary sources and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
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Please see the below documents for more information.