Through our History curriculum at The Downs CofE Primary School, pupils develop a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our History curriculum allows pupils to explore 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 pupils to develop an awareness of the past; an understanding of the present and have an insight into how these both impact on the future.
As historians, pupils will be taught to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and make links between areas of prior learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners who can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day.
Our History curriculum is delivered through subject specific teaching linked to whole-school cross curriculum themes. It is mapped out to ensure that pupils build on secure prior knowledge and are encouraged to make connections to this prior learning. The aim of this is to allow for clear progression from EYFS through to Year Six.
Teachers will enthuse and inspire pupils and build cultural capital through engaging in enrichment activities such as themed historical days and trips to historical points of interest both within our locality and beyond. Our history curriculum draws from and makes full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of their locality.
As always, our core school values will be seen through the teaching of History. Pupils will be encouraged to use effective communication skills to be able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. They will find enjoyment in the learning of history by using their inquisitive nature to answer enquiry-based questions. Pupils will be given the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively when using their historical enquiry skills to explore primary and secondary sources. They will pull on their ability to show resilience when learning about challenging historical concepts and will show emotional intelligence when considering the impact actions of the past have had on people.