History Curriculum Overview
We teach History at our school in a way that inspires our children to want to know about the past. The curriculum includes historical events that have occurred in Britain from the earliest times to the present day. Our children are encouraged to consider these times and how people’s lives have been influenced as a result.
There are also opportunities for our children to know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world. This includes the nature of ancient civilisations and the expansion and dissolution of empires. Our children are also taught the methods of historical enquiry; encouraging critical thinking, asking perceptive questions, weighing up evidence, making connections, and recording their own structured accounts.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught common words and phrases relating to the passing of time and everyday historical terms. The content of their curriculum relates to personal events from their own lives and people that they know. This extends to historical events within their living memory as well as some significant events beyond living memory and the lives of some significant individual from the past. Pupils in Key Stage 2 continue to develop knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They are encouraged 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 challenges of their time.