History Statement of Intent
At Wickhambrook we believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity and encourages them to ask critical questions. It also enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world. They will work as historians where they will critically analyse different sources of information and use these to infer information.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- 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’
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Please find below an overview of what children are expected to learn within each key stage.
In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.
In Key Stage 2 children will develop upon their knowledge of history in a chronological context. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a wide range of different sources.
Progression will be assessed through evaluation of written work and consideration of their responses and contributions to discussions. You will also, at the end of every year, receive an age-related assessment.