Our History Curriculum intends to develop historical skills and concepts which are transferable to whatever period of history is being studied and will equip children for future learning.
These key historical skills and concepts, which are revisited throughout different units, are:
Knowledge and Understanding of Events
People and Changes in the Past
Presenting, Organising and Communicating.
The coverage of recent history in KS1 such as ‘Toys’ and ‘Travel and Transport’ enables children to acquire an understanding of time, events and people in their memory and their parents’ and grandparents’ memories.
In order for children to know more and remember more in each area of history studied, we implement a lesson sequence whereby prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision of facts and historical understanding are built into lessons. However, this is not to say that this structure should be followed rigidly: it allows for this revision to become part of good practice and ultimately helps build a depth to children’s historical understanding. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. The revision and introduction of key vocabulary is built into each lesson. Our History provision includes access to history aretfact boxes (school based and via the museum service, trips and quality text choices.
The impact of using the scheme of work, including display vocabulary, can be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of history. The learning environment across the school is consistent with historical technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. We want to ensure that history is loved our school community, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of historical knowledge and understanding, now and in the future. Through History lessons pupils will develop a love of history and see how it has shaped the world they live in.