Our aim at Whoberley Hall Primary School is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our historians will also be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ. Pupils will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day. Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’
History is delivered through subject specific teaching organised into blocks under a theme. Meaningful links with other subjects are made to strengthen connections and understanding for pupils. The History units taught have been developed to help children appreciate their own identity and the challenges in their time. It will help them understand the process of change over time and significant developments.
By the end of EYFS children should:
- Begin to make sense of their own life-story and family’s history.
- Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
- Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read or discussed in class.
- Begin to ask questions about the past.
By the end of KS1 children should:
- Be able to ask questions about the past through the use of artefacts and pictures
- Describe historical events, artefacts or people and place these on a time line.
- Use historical language (tier 2 and 3) linked to the topic - Refer to history vocabulary document.
- To use primary and secondary sources to find out about the past
- Discuss changes that have happened in their lives.
By the end of KS2 children should:
- Use appropriate historical language (tier 2 and 3) linked to topic – refer to history vocabulary document
- Understand and discuss historical events through British history and world history.
- Use evidence/ primary and secondary sources to ask questions and find answers about the past.
- Suggest causes and consequences of events in history
- To identify both major and minor changes and continuities throughout history