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History Curriculum

Our History Curriculum will help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire our children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, study evidence and arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps our children to enquire about people’s lives, discuss changes over time, diverse societies and relationships between different groups.

In Key Stage One our children should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should begin to understand time lines and begin to 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 and understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past.

In Key Stage Two, the children should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They will begin to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.  They will be encouraged to devise historically valid questions and construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. The children will also understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

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