What our curriculum looks like:
Our history curriculum is ambitious, and this starts right from Nursery. Using the content from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Framework we have carefully sequenced our history curriculum, so children engage meaningfully with the past, with rich knowledge of the past: people, events and ideas.
In history we have six big ideas (macro concepts): historical significance, cause, continuity and change, similarities and differences, historical evidence and chronology. Our curriculum is sequenced so that our pupils’ schemata can grow through the connection of new knowledge with previous knowledge.
We have carefully mapped our curriculum, carefully considering some of the following:
- How do historians learn about the past?
- What are the consequences of historical events and how does it impact modern life?
- How can pupils secure a ‘mental timeline’ of the past?
- How do pupils build their understanding of the macro concepts, such as change and continuity, cause and chronology?
- Are we enabling children to remember what is most important?
- How does our EYFS learning set the foundation for history?
- Are children exposed to a wide range of texts and other sources to develop their knowledge of the past?