At All Saints Catholic Primary School, we believe that the history element of our curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. As our pupils progress as Historians, they will become equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We want 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.
At All Saints, these skills are embedded within the history lessons and developed throughout their journey of the history curriculum. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from Stone Age to present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history such as the ancient civilisations of Greece, Egypt and the Mayans. The content and principles underpinning the history curriculum are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study to guide us on the content and focus of each objective to inform our curriculum. These units are enriched by cross curriculum work when appropriate. Children as Historians learn through enquiry based learning opportunities to gain a greater understanding of our local area. Visits and visitors to school are promoted, to enrich our history curriculum and further deepen that historical enquiry, through the use of questioning and listening to eye-witness accounts and experiences. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the guidance, which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year. Teachers, plan together to create engaging and informative teaching and learning opportunities which take into account prior learning, plan for opportunities for assessment and identify suitable future targets. Our curriculum through Key Stage 2 is based on a two-year cycle, whereby year 3 and 4 complete the same topics and year 5 and 6 complete the same topics over a two-year cycle (see topic timetable for more information).
At All Saints we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking which helps children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and fires children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Through this study our Historians learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.