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History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.

Our History Intent

  • To design a History curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study.
  • To build a History curriculum that develops learning through enquiry, research and analysis and results in the acquisition of historical knowledge and skills.
  • To develop a respect for historical evidence, notable events and people of influence within a chronological timeframe.
  • To apply the ability to use this understanding to critically support learning and the ability to think, reflect on, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

Learning is linked to a range of topics, affording children opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, compare and contrast historical figures and events using primary and secondary resources and communicate historically. Pupils have opportunities to learn about significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. Children are also encouraged to learn key subject specific vocabulary in order to access historical sources and texts effectively and debate with precision and accuracy.

The curriculum is further enriched with trips out to historical sites and visiting experts to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning.

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Further Information

Our History and Geography Curriculum Overview                                                                                Our History and Geography Policy

Our Curriculum Intent Statement