Aims and intention of History.

The National curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • They should know where the people and events they study fit within chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and ask and answer questions and use sources to show that they know and understand key features of an event.
  • They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past.

‘History fires pupil’s curiosity about the past-it adds colour to the curriculum’

Our intent at Valley End Infant School is to stimulate children’s natural curiosity about the way of life of people living in the past. We want children to build on previous knowledge and embed key concepts into their long term memory and apply them fluently.

The History curriculum is further enriched by giving the children opportunities to visit museums and historical buildings, listen to visiting speakers, use books, video clips, old documents, photographs and artefacts to deepen and enhance and deepen their understanding.

The implementation of History and how it is taught.

To implement the History curriculum across the school, it is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has already been taught, and lead to clear end points. The focus is on content that is most useful and taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills. From the Early Years curriculum of ‘understanding of the world’ pupils build on their understanding into key stage 1.

The impact of History and how it prepares children for the next steps in their learning.

It is our expectation at Valley End Infant School that all children achieve age related expectations in History by the end of their cohort year, and that they learn and build on the knowledge they have learnt. Our aim is to embed key concepts in their long term memory and apply them fluently. In key stage 1 the History curriculum focuses on recognising that their lives are different from the past, being able to order events and develop a sense of chronology. Pupils will look at significant historical events, people and places and show knowledge and understanding of some aspects of the past.

Historical terms used: Past, old, compare, differences, similarities, historical, chronological, artefacts, before, after.