History

The History Curriculum

Our history curriculum is fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

Meet our History Coordinator

Intent

Our vision for history is ‘to help pupils gain an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.’ We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip pupils to think critically. This includes the ability 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 believe that a broad and balanced history education is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ view using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived form a range of sources
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Implementation

From the beginnings of history teaching in our EYFS, we endeavor to instill a sense of understanding people and communities. Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The teaching of history at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. History lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the National Curriculum.

Wherever possible subjects are incorporated through a thematic approach which ensures children are thoroughly engaged and enriched. However, there are occasions when subjects are taught discretely in order to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area.

We also like to the pupils to experience history first hand through handling artefacts, school trips and bringing in specialist history based workshops that relate to the topic they are studying.

History National Curriculum Aims

In line with the History Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 the school aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • To know and understand the history of these islands and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • To know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world:
  • To gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.
  • To 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.
  • To gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.

Subject content in KS1

Pupils should be taught about:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Subject content in KS2

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.

Impact

The history curriculum is assessed against the following essential learning objectives:

  • To investigate and interpret the past
  •  To understand chronology
  • To build an overview of world history
  • To communicate historically

The impact of the history curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the history curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.

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