At The Colleton, we aim to ignite our children’s curiosity about the past through an enquiry-led curriculum which enables them to develop their vocabulary, knowledge, skills and understanding of historical periods.
By the end of their time at The Colleton, we aim for all children to develop the characteristics needed to be a historian:
- Curiosity to explore events, people and changes that have happened in the past and their legacy
- A secure chronological understanding of the past and how things have changed over time
- Critical thinking through the use of a range of primary and secondary sources to support historical interpretation
- Questioning why something happened, why it might be important and how it can be viewed in different ways
- Appreciation of our diverse history which includes significant events and people
Our history curriculum follows the National Curriculum over a two-year rolling programme. It builds on developing vocabulary as well as on previous knowledge and skills through the four golden threads that explore:
Legacy – how our lives have been shaped and influenced by events, people, places and inventions
Power – how authority has been used by people to make and enforce law and how struggles for power motivated people and groups throughout history
Civilisation – a group of people with their own languages and ways of life
Exploration – how groups and individuals travelled and made discoveries and the impact of these actions
These skills begin in the Early Years where children talk about their Understanding of the World, both past and present, starting with their own life story as well as thinking about similarities and differences they encounter through stories and books.
History learning in Key Stages 1 and 2 centres around four key concepts:
- Contextual and chronological understanding
- Historical interpretation
- Historical enquiry
- Understanding of people, events and changes
Each unit of history will cover these areas to ensure that the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum. This is assessed through our progression of skills and vocabulary which guides children to answer a range of questions at increasing levels of complexity. We plan for the use quality resources, experiences and artefacts to support their historical understanding.
By the time our children leave us, they have developed the skills to be able to think critically and to ask and answer perceptive questions based on the knowledge they have learnt from a range of sources. Through their developing sense of chronology, our children can make connections and discuss contrasts and trends of historical periods in Britain and around the world.
The children are able to demonstrate their acquired historical knowledge, understanding and skills through:
- written responses that answer key questionsfocusing on context, enquiry and outcome
- increasing use of vocabulary specific to the period being studied as well as related to the discipline of history
- Using pre and post assessment to develop an awareness of their increasing understanding of a unit of study
- discussion and debate
- using a range of historical sources as a research tool to support historical thinking
The history subject leaders oversee the impact of the curriculum through discussions with the children, monitoring planning and written outcomes and ongoing discussions with colleagues.