At Church Langton CE Primary School, we endeavour to create and develop a knowledge rich and vocabulary heavy History curriculum that provides children with a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge in order to encourage future aspirations.
The History curriculum at Church Langton makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the History of their locality.
Topics are informed by the national curriculum and have been selected as part of our curriculum design process and are influenced by our local area. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Church Langton aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin 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.
Our ambition is for children to learn to ask questions about the how and why in History, understanding that the things that have happened in the past shape the way that we are now. We are plan and review our curriculum to teach historical facts and skills, but our pupils also need to understand that their lessons are not a one off: that they are part of a big picture of learning about the world.
Our History Big Ideas are key historical concepts that the children will revisit again and again, providing a progression of understanding against each concept. When we plan our curriculum knowing how and where each unit of work contributes towards an understanding of each Big Idea will help to develop the children’s understanding of the bigger picture of the world and the way they can be a part of its future.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Foundation Stage to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.