At Christleton, we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills. History is about events that have taken place in the past, whether it is 100 years ago or last week. It is also about people: their actions, lives and the evidence that remains of them people from this country and from other countries around the world. Skills developed through historical enquiry have a wide application to everyday life and historical awareness promotes responsible citizenship.
At Christleton Primary, it is our intent to ignite children’s curiosity and fascination about Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past.
Our curriculum will inspire children to become confident, creative and independent learners who can explore the use of different knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas.
The teaching of history at our school is intended to equip children to ask pertinent questions, analyse and challenge evidence, think critically, appreciate different perspectives and develop informed judgments.
We aim to engage children in challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high quality research across a range of history topics. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork, visitors and educational visits.
We deliberately foster strong links with our PHSE/Seal/No Outsiders curriculum and British values
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects and place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance linked with eras that are being studied. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. We recognize and value the importance of stories in history teaching and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’, about information they are given.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Christleton are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
Our History curriculum.
The documents below outline our history curriculum.
This document outlines how we have planned to deliver the National Curriculum in history across Years 1- 6.
History and EYFS
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas.
Whilst we prefer not to refer to history as a discrete subject on the Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum, it can be found within various areas of learning.
For example, within ‘Understanding the World’ children may comment on images of familiar situations in the past and may compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past
This development of knowledge and understanding does not happen in isolation without simultaneously and symbiotically developing the other six areas of learning. Our EYFS curriculum document provides the overview of how we deliver the EYFS framework in school and prepare our children for the National Curriculum covered from Year 1 upwards.
National Curriculum Mapping
Our National Curriculum coverage mapping document highlights were the history National Curriculum objectives are delivered in school.
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