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The Nation Curriculum (2014) states,

“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. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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."

With this in mind, we aim to make our curriculum relevant, current, creative, exciting and engaging. Lessons are planned to respond to current and important issues and are closely related to the real world making children’s learning purposeful and meaningful. They are motivated through engaging activities, trips, and visitors all of which give many opportunities for the children to question the past.

At Dore Primary our History is taught through our topics which are chosen by each year group to give a focus to the learning each half term. Our history curriculum is also explicitly linked to our whole school values and our social, moral, spiritual and cultural responsibilities. A link to a document setting out these links is below.

In Foundation stage and KS1, the historical skills will focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order to allow children to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year-on-year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

  • Chronological Understanding 
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past 
  • Connection and Historical Links 
  • Interpretations of History
  • Historical Enquiry 
We are introducing knowledge organisers to help children be clear about the content of what they are learning, including the essential vocabulary. An example of a knowledge organiser from Year 3 can be seen below...

 Y3 Romans                     
 Year 6 Aztecs 
 Y4 Anglo-Saxons
See year group pages and News for more evidence of great learning in history throughout school...

A link to an overview of the history curriculum taught through topics is being updated and will be given below.

History SMSC & School values.pub
Julie Davison,
27 Feb 2020, 05:31