History curriculum statement:
- 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.
- Promote a sense of independence through an understanding of 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.
- Problem solve by understanding 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 develop communication skills by knowing and understanding of 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.
- Build self-esteem and confidence through gaining 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.
- Incorporate cross-curricular skills by inspiring pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past by using Art, DT and literacy skills to achieve the relevant outcomes.
Textbooks used KS3-
History- Aaron Wilkes-
Invasion, Plague and Murder 1066-1509.
Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation 1509-1745
Industry, Invention and Empire
Technology War and Independence
History is incorporated to cross-curricular topics. History and Geography are the main alternating subjects studied. For example; a topic on Italy would be geography based looking at the human and physical features, language, customs and traditions of the country of focus, the History element would be encompassed in a study of the Romans and their impact on Britain. The cross-curricular activities also may include, Music, Art, DT and Modern Foreign Languages.
Primary topic is taught in a 2-year rolling programme.
EYFS- Pupils study the topics of: Space Journeys, Pirates, Dinosaurs and Castles.
KEY STAGE 1- Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Pupils study: Explorers, Famous people, Great Fire of London, WWI, Changes in Living Memory and Castles and Knights.
KEY STAGE 2- Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
LKS2 – Pupils study the topics of: Tudors and Stuarts in Northants, Ancient Greece and the Olympics, Bygone Beaches, Romans, Saxons, Stone Age & Iron Age and Changes in Living memory- Toys and music.
UKS2- Pupils study the topics of: Explorers, The Maoris of Australia, Ancient Egypt, Viking Invaders, Mayans & Aztecs, WWII including D-Day, Native Americans, History of leisure – theme parks and British Clothing 1066 to today.