History Curriculum Statement

All subjects in our curriculum are designed to drive the following key areas:

  • Knowledge of the world
  • Increase subject vocabulary
  • Develop curiosity and enhance critical thinking skills
  • Build aspirations for the future

Across the school we teach history to help pupils acquire and develop a better understanding about Britain and the wider world.

The following core concepts underpin the teaching of history:

  • Chronology
  • Evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • World connections

These concepts are planned and articulated in our termly planners and help pupils understand the knowledge taught.

We plan a coherent curriculum to ensure that historical knowledge is built upon. The history of our island is taught in chronological order to ensure clarity and opportunities are taken to revisit and retrieve essential knowledge from previous learning.

We aspire that learning through history provides the opportunity to develop an excellent knowledge of how our island evolved, wonderment of ancient civilisations: their rise, technology and demise. Also, to connect periods of time, compare cultures and events. History will expose pupils to the cause, effect and consequences of actions by humans.

This is seen in our books, projects, experiences and pupil outcomes.

We use a variety of resources to support teacher knowledge and improve lessons:

  • knowledge organisers support KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2
  • Our Island Book: KS2 knowledge and sequence planning to support LKS2
  • History Association guidance
  • Skills progression through adapting the Essentials Curriculum
  • Unity Trust – Atlas shared drive