Our history curriculum aims to teach our children to understand the people, places and events of the past, encouraging them to make thoughtful observations in order to better understand the world we live in today. In every unit studied, pupils use a range of historical sources as a way of learning about the past and are supported and encouraged to think creatively and critically, ask questions and make judgements about both past and present events. We aim to develop children’s understanding of chronology and their knowledge and use of historical vocabulary and concepts.
In KS1, we have mapped a curriculum that will enable pupils to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing time. They will begin to develop an understanding of where and when the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods of time. They will begin to analyse and interpret historical sources as a way of learning about the past and will be introduced to historical concepts such as conflict, invention, civil rights, segregation/discrimination and individual significance.
In KS2, we use the Reach Out Curriculum which seeks to give pupils a solid foundation and overview in some of the most important periods, events and themes in British and word history. It gives pupils a strong grounding in British history, taught chronologically from the first settlements through Roman Britain, the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, the medieval periods and up to the Industrial Revolution and finally touching on Britain during both WW1 and WW2. Pupils will be introduced to the concepts of power and legitimacy (Ancient Greece LKS2), progress and achievement (Shang Dynasty LKS2), civilisation and slavery (Benin Kingdom UKS2), conflict (Twentieth Century Conflicts UKS2) and the Civil Rights Movement (Civil Rights UKS2). In addition to the wealth of knowledge taught, pupils will become more confident making connections across different periods of time and will continue to develop the key skills of historical source analysis and interpretation.