History Curriculum Overview

Hist 1Aims

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires;
  • characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause Hist 2and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Hist 3At The John Moore Primary School, we believe that an understanding of history and their position within British and world history, is vital for our children’s’ development. It is our goal that they should develop a sense of chronology and time and an understanding of how people lived in the past. They should also have an awareness of life in different societies or cultures and a knowledge of how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. We will teach them to have an understanding of cause and effect such as how events in history have changed our lives or affected the way in which we live as well as an understanding of how historical events and people have influenced our lives today. We will enhance their awareness of significant events and people in British and world history and expand their knowledge of local, national and international historical events. We will teach them the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation .

History Curriculum Map

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