History Vision

Where the history curriculum lays foundation skillsknowledge and aspirations to become historians, researchers, archaeologists and museum curators. History is a subject that forms the bedrock of our understanding of the culture in which we live as well as the wider world around us.  The content covered gives students the opportunity to explore issues at a local, national and international level from the ancient era through to the twentieth century.  This range of history offers the opportunity to explore different peoples’ perspectives on issues and events and think critically about the world in which they live. 

History Intent

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to give students a broad understanding of the chronological development of British history, as well as being able to make links to other societies, cultures and world events.  Understanding key concepts within History, such as significance and causation and consequence, unlock the door for students to be able to ask leading questions, analyse information and convey their views in a methodical and structured way.  These skills are honed and developed progressively through the curriculum to create historians confident in communicating their views, both in writing and orally.  Each topic is framed around a challenging historical question which is linked to a key historical concept. Lessons mirror this, with key questions forming the basis for each lesson enquiry. This will ensure students access and apply high level vocabulary with increasing rigour over their time in history classrooms.

Communication

Children can use historical vocabulary appropriately to support their own progress and be academically successful in history.

Children can think critically and communicate effectively in a range of styles.

Knowledge / Understanding

Children will have a strong knowledge and understanding of people and cultures, events and eras, and contexts from a range of historical periods and be able to make connections and comparisons between them.

Children will revisit core concepts as part of a spiral curriculum approach, to ensure they can build on skills and knowledge incrementally, making meaningful connections to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the past.

Children will demonstrate an excellent working understanding of historical concepts: chronology, change and continuity, cause and consequences, significance, perspectives, interpretations

Skills

Children can support, challenge and evaluate their own and others’ views (including those from the past) using accurate detailed evidence from a range of sources.

Children can use historical sources in a balanced and critical manner and to engage in critical investigations of the past which lead to supported judgements.

Behaviours

Children can think, reflect, and discuss the past, leading to precise questioning of the past and historical enquiries.

Children have an understanding of perspective and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

Experience

Children will visit museums, historical buildings, and places.