At Adderley, the History curriculum aims to stimulate pupils’ interest and curiosity about their surroundings and the history of Britain and the wider world to increase their knowledge and understanding of the changing world. Children will think about how the past has influenced the present and foster a sense of identity in their own community and the world. The teaching develops pupils’ historical knowledge and historical thinking and, as a result, it enables them to show their historical understanding. Children are able to use their historical thinking to investigate, consider, reflect and review events of the past. Through this, children will have a deep understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and will use them to make connections and draw contrasts of historical events.
The curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of all children at Adderley Primary School, and for each key stage there are high expectations of what the children need to know and this is applied through the schools creative curriculum.
Below is the depth of the History curriculum:
In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) children will:
· Explain changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
· Understand events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London]
· Explain the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and/or Florence Nightingale
· Describe significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
In Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) children will:
· Describe changes in Britain [for example, from the Stone Age to Iron Age]
· Explain the achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared [for example, Ancient Egyptians]
· Explore a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history [for example, The Mayan civilisation]
· Study a civilisation and explain their achievements and their influence on the western world [for example, The Roman Empire]
Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for children to attend educational visits where they can explore different historical locations relating to their topic. These opportunities will allow pupils’ to gain further learning opportunities and indeed will be memorable experiences for all pupils! Not only that, children also have various ‘WOW days’ throughout the year which will stimulate their learning.