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Subject Curriculum Overviews

History overview

 

 

The history projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s

historical knowledge, skills and subject disciplines. Key aspects and concepts, such as chronology, cause

and effect, similarity and difference, significance and hierarchy, are revisited throughout all projects and are

developed over time. All projects also develop historical skills based on evidence and historical enquiry.

The choice of historical periods follows the guidance set out in the national curriculum, with specific details

relating to significant events and individuals chosen to present a rich and diverse account of British and world

history.

 

Where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections with other projects, history projects are

sequenced accordingly. For example, the project Dynamic Dynasties is taught alongside the art and design

project Taotie to give children a better all-round understanding of ancient Chinese arts and culture.

All history projects are taught in the autumn and summer terms, with opportunities for schools to revisit

historical concepts in some of the spring term geography projects.

 

Key Stage 1

In Year 1, children begin the autumn term by studying the project Childhood. This project builds on children’s

past experiences, including their family history and events within living memory, and works well as an

introductory project. In the summer term, children study the project School Days. This project enables children

to learn the history of their school and compare schooling in the Victorian period.

In the autumn term of Year 2, children extend their studies to explore a broader range of periods in the project

Movers and Shakers. This project explores the concept of significance and the significant people that have

greatly influenced history. In the summer term, children study the project Magnificent Monarchs. This project

introduces children to the challenging concepts of power and monarchy in preparation for more complex

historical topics in Key Stage 2.

The projects studied in Key Stage 1 provide numerous opportunities for children to explore significant

historical events, people and places in their locality.

 

Lower Key Stage 2

In Year 3, children begin the autumn term by studying the chronology of British history in the project Through

the Ages. This project teaches children about the significance of prehistoric periods and the changes in Britain

from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. In the summer term, children continue to develop their knowledge of

the chronology of British history in the project Emperors and Empires. This project teaches children about the

Roman Empire, its invasion of Britain and Britain’s ensuing Romanisation.

In the autumn term of Year 4, children resume their learning about British history in the project Invasion. This

project teaches children about the Roman withdrawal and the invasion and settlement of the Anglo-Saxons

and Vikings. This project concludes at 1066, which meets the guidance from the national curriculum for British

history. In the summer term of Year 4, children begin their studies of ancient history by studying the overview

project Ancient Civilisations. This project enables children to learn about the achievements of the earliest

civilisations, including ancient Sumer, the Indus Valley civilisation and ancient Egypt.

 

Upper Key Stage 2

In the autumn term of Year 5, children continue to build their knowledge of ancient civilisations with an

in-depth analysis of ancient China in the project Dynamic Dynasties. This project enables children to study

the significance and influence of ancient China and its prowess and advancements in the written word,

technology and metalwork. In the summer term, children further study ancient and world history in the project

Groundbreaking Greeks. This project enables children to explore life in ancient Greece, including examining the

achievements and influence of ancient Greece on the western world.

In the autumn term of Year 6, children study the more complex historical issues of enslavement, colonialism

and power in the project Maafa. In this project, children explore a range of African kingdoms, including the

Kingdom of Benin, and study Britain’s role in the development, perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade.

In the summer term of Year 6, children complete their historical studies with the project Britain at War. This

project enables children to study the role war has played in Britain’s history since 1066, focusing on the First

and Second World Wars as crucial turning points in British history.

 

 

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