Statement of Intent
At Kingsway Primary School, the aim of the history curriculum is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. As Historians, the children will delve back in time and broaden their understanding of the exhilarating history of our country and wider civilisations. Learning experiences focus on enabling children to think ‘as historians’ and our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding through the celebration of curiosity and inquisition, and the delivery of creative and engaging lessons.
Through learning history, pupils ask and answer questions about the past, investigating how events in history have influenced their lives today. We teach children a sense of chronology and through this, they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.
We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies, which are differentiated by task, expected outcome and/or support from peers or adults.
We ensure that children at our school are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum in secondary school and for life as an adult in the wider world. By the end of Key Stage 2, children are able to give articulate definitions of key historical conceptual threads that run through the curriculum.
Please see the History progression overview and specific coverage documents for a more in-depth understanding of how we approach this subject at Kingsway.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand significant aspects of 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 ad been influenced by the wider world.
- 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
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and peasantry
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, differences 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
- 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
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, nation and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long term timescales.
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