At Bollin, we recognise the importance in helping children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We strive to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past.
History teaching equips children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History helps our children 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.
We aim for our children to:
- Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
- Know how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Know and understand a local perspective to the history of Britain.
- Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world.
- Understand key historical concepts.
- Develop 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.
History Curriculum Framework
The key concepts we teach:
- Chronology - we arrange events and dates in order
- Cause and Effect – we find at least one cause which triggers an event
- Change – we notice what has changed and what stays the same over time
- Significance – we discuss the significance and impact of these changes
- Perspective - we discuss bias and objective
The skills we develop:
- We ask questions
- We gather sources
- We evaluate and analyse evidence
- We have a perspective and make judgements
- We make connections
The knowledge we teach:
In EYFS children are taught to:
- show interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them
- remember and talk about significant events in their own experience
- recognise and describe special times or events for family or friends
- talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members
In Key Stage 1 children are taught about:
- aspects of local, British and World history
- changes within living memory
- events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or locally
- the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods
- significant historical events, people and places in our locality
In Key Stage 2 children are taught about:
- Aspects of local, British and World history
- Prehistoric Britain
- The first cities, their common features and differences
- Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
- Ancient Greek Achievements
- Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England
- The cotton industry in Manchester (Cottonopolis)
- World War Two and the impact war on the local area
- The Mayans
- Manchester - past and present
- Impact of all periods studied on the local area
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