How we teach our History Curriculum
At Rossington St Michael’s CE Primary School, our children will experience a high quality History education that we hope will inspire and excite them throughout their primary education. We aim to shape our children into having coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We also endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through investigation and questioning, first hand experiences through valuable and engaging visits and purposeful and exciting topics.
We follow the National Curriculum which sets out the aims and programmes of study for History ensuring that our curriculum coverage is consistent across year groups and key stages, whilst also ensuring that disciplinary knowledge is built upon each year. The purpose of this, is to ensure that all teachers are able to support pupils in developing their own knowledge and understanding about History, resulting in them being able to make appropriate links to learning within the community and throughout their lives.
. As a school, from Key Stage Two, we ensure that a chronological approach is taken, therefore we start with the Stone Age in Year 3 and work across the timeline to World War 2 in Year 6.
The schemes/programmes we follow within our school, are in line with the National Curriculum across all subjects. Please see the link below.
Our aims are to ensure that all 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 .
- 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, 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.
- 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 History – key stages 1 and 2 .
- 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.