Curriculum Statement for History
The study of history is to enable pupils to understand and obtain 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.
Incorporating the programmes of study from the National Curriculum, our history curriculum aims to:
At Sherford Vale Primary School, we use the Connected History Scheme of Work to deliver the National Curriculum for history in EYFS and KS1. The scheme of work is well sequenced, with clear progression of knowledge, concepts, skills and vocabulary to enable the pupils to develop as young historians with cross-curricular links to other subjects for each unit. The scheme of work provides primary and secondary resources to support teaching and learning with suggested activities to show understanding of key concepts.
In KS2, at Sherford Vale Primary School, we are using the ‘Opening Worlds’ Humanities Curriculum, to deliver the National Curriculum for history. Opening Worlds is a knowledge-rich humanities programme for teaching history, in Years 3 to 6.
In both KS1 and KS2 the following historical concepts are followed:
The history curriculum is enriched in a variety of ways, including:
The EYFS curriculum for Understanding the World is taught in a variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks. Through their learning children will begin to:
Key Stage 1
In KS1, history is taught every other half-term as it alternates with our geography curriculum. During Key Stage 1 we challenge and support our children to carry out a number of historical investigations through the learning programme which enable them to use and apply basic and appropriate subject vocabulary, subject skills and processes (including evaluating primary and secondary sources of evidence) in order to recognise, identify, describe, observe, reason, recall and begin to explain in simple terms significant historical events and the actions of notable people in the United Kingdom.
Key Stage 2
The uniqueness and background of every child is recognised and valued in our Opening Worlds History Curriculum. Because of this, our history curriculum covers a range of cultural, historical and ethical backgrounds and offers purposeful and meaningful experiences to apply, share and develop knowledge.
Our diverse, culturally rich, wide-scoping curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values in a rigorous and coherent way. Explicit links to story-telling and creativity are made to ensure engaged and enthused learners. Many enhancement and enrichment activities are used throughout the curriculum to engage learners and create purposeful, high-leverage outcomes that give children the opportunity to use and apply their developing knowledge and skills.
Our aim is to create an environment that prompts curiosity, critical thinking and allows learners to connect strands of learning across all aspects of the curriculum. The programme meets and substantially exceeds the demand of the National Curriculum for history.
The programme is characterised by strong vertical sequencing within subjects (so that pupils gain security in a rich, broad vocabulary through systematic introduction, sustained practice and deliberate revisiting) and intricate horizontal and diagonal connections. As the programme builds on prior learning, Y3-5 will start with the Y3 Curriculum in the 2023-24 academic year.
The impact of the history curriculum is regularly reviewed in staff meetings and INSET days throughout the year through discussions with teaching staff. Strong links are made with primary and secondary schools across the Westcountry Schools Trust to ensure continued review of practise and provision. In addition, discussions with pupils about their learning, observations and evaluations of their work through book looks contribute to the review of impact.