Purpose of Study/Rationale
We intend to provide an ambitious History curriculum which inspires children to show curiosity about the past by asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, assessing evidence and developing clear perspectives and judgements about the past. We endeavour to open their eyes to the best that has been thought and said and help them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and historical achievements.
Beginning in Early Years, children begin to acknowledge that as they grow they are able to do more for themselves. They show an understanding of themselves and the world around them. The children become increasingly aware of the changes in routine during different times of the day and seasons in the year and that these changes impact what they can do.
Within Key Stage 1, our History curriculum helps our pupils to understand the lives of significant people from the past, as well as events beyond living memory and the process of change and similarities and differences.
We believe that in Key Stage 2 all children will know and understand history as a chronological narrative; from the earliest times to the present day. Children will continue to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies, relationships between different groups and the cause and effect.
Pupils will become aware of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. The History curriculum is designed to develop their historical enquiry, knowledge, understanding and communication. This is progressive from Early Years to Year 6, ensuring children gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world.
National Curriculum Aims
At Crossacres Primary Academy, our curriculum ensures that pupils in Key Stage 1:
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed (L S Lowry, Moon Landing, Toys; Old and New, The Great Fire of London, Beatrix Potter, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole)
In Key Stage 2 our curriculum ensures pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. (Stone Age to Iron Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Industrial Revolution)
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’. (Stone Age to Iron Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings)
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses. (Stone Age to Iron Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Industrial Revolution)
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales. (Stone Age to Iron Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings)
- know and understand 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 (Ancient Greeks, Ancient Egyptians and Maya)
Crossacres Academy follows the National Curriculum for History, Which can be found here.