Throughout the history curriculum, we ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit of work. We build planned progression into the scheme of work so that children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Through exciting and engaging lessons, pupils progress in developing key historical skills and acquiring new knowledge which increasingly develops their ability to question the world around them.
Throughout each year group, the five strands of the history curriculum are taught with increasing challenge to ensure progression from EYFS to Year 6 in the following areas:
• Range and depth of historical knowledge
• Interpretations of history
• Historical enquiry
• Organisation and communication
A range of enrichment activities are planned throughout the school to bring history to life and ensure that the history curriculum becomes part of a pupil’s long-term knowledge. Events such as re-enacting a Roman battle, ancient Greek day and the burning of London, all support pupil’s knowledge, understanding and excitement for the subject.
When teaching history, we contribute to the pupil’s spiritual development where possible. We also provide pupils with the opportunity to discuss moral questions, or what is right and wrong, for example when focusing on significant people in history. The study of artefacts, buildings, churches etc. gives children a sense of their place in the historical scheme of things. It also helps to develop an awareness of beauty and aesthetics. Moral issues can be considered. For example, was it right that war was fought or that children were forced to work in factories and mines in Victorian Britain, or that Anne Frank was forced into hiding?
Studying the cultures of other times – Egyptians, Romans etc. - builds an awareness of the value and importance of other societies and cultures and the relative value and importance of our own. It also stresses the interdependence of cultures. Our history programme of study enables children to understand that Britain’s rich cultural heritage can be further enriched by the multi-cultural British society of today. Our history curriculum inspires our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and helps our pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our history curriculum equips the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective