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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

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History

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?

 

At YFPS, we believe that children should have both an enjoyment and interest in finding out about the past, as well as an understanding both of events then, and how they impact on us today. History is about the people who lived in the past. The way we live today is because of the people and events of yesterday. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps 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

 

Aims

  • to 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
  • to 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’
  • to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and 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
  • to 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
  • to 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.

Implementation - How will we achieve this?

 

 

KS1
During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.

 

KS2
During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

Impact - What difference will it make?

 

 

At YFPS, children:

  • gain a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, enabling them to make links, comparisons and contrasts between different historical events and eras, identifying themes such as democracy and civilisation
  • understand the significance of individuals' actions and events on others and use this to inform the choices they make
  • understand British history and how previous sacrifices allows us to lead the lives we do today
  • understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • respectfully question historical accounts and understand that history can be recounted from different perspectives
  • show appreciation of the complexity and diversity of human societies and development
  • show respect for different cultures
  • can make sense of past as well as present
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