We intend for our History curriculum to allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. We intend for our children to be confident to understand and ask questions about historical events and their world. We endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We will introduce children to the skills needed to undertake historical enquiry and investigation. We will do this through fieldwork, locational knowledge and knowledge of significant historical events.
In EYFS, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding of belonging. We want them to understand where they fit in their family and within the community. Pupils have opportunities to talk about significant events and family customs. Also, they explore how they might differ from their friends. They are taught to sequence simple timelines of their life, from birth until present day. Exploratory questions are celebrated and lines of enquiry meet the needs and interests of the pupils.
In Key Stage One, pupils build on their knowledge gained in EYFS. They question, explore and research historical changes within living memory. This is extended to the recent past within the last century. Through practical activities, pupils engage in a range of sources. This is to help build their understanding of the past and its impact on today’s society. They investigate significant historical events. They study people and places in their own area and the way this has contributed to national and international achievement.