“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
The intent of the History Curriculum at Ashton Vale is that our pupils will:
- Possess a secure knowledge and understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of History.
- Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ.
- Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History.
- Enquire in to Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past.
In order to really engage the pupils in the History curriculum, these topics are delivered in blocked units over the year, where the whole school has a History focus. We teach skills which are progressive and developed as pupils move up through the school. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible (for example by linking Literacy units with current History topics) in order to fully immerse pupils with their topic of study and to allow them to learn through a range of mediums, such as through quality literature. The History curriculum is implemented in a considered, fun and imaginative way both in the classroom and through enriching experiences such as ‘wow’ events and trips.
EYFS History - Understanding the World
Children will know more about major historical events in Britain and become familiar with past civilisations around the world. They will begin to understand the chronology of key events and will be equipped with essential skills necessary for Key Stage 3 as well as adults in the wider world. The impact of teaching is regularly monitored through scrutiny of pupil books and conferencing. It is informally assessed through ongoing mind maps, detailing pupils’ learning journeys throughout a unit as well as by whole school progress tasks at the end of the year. Pupils will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their own lives and will be inspired to make a positive impact on the world around them.