At Harry Gosling, it is our aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s understanding about the complexities of people’s lives (Personal Stories; Beliefs), the process of change (Power), the diversity of societies (Building Civilisation), as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We teach children a sense of chronology; through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We also teach children to value their personal culture and the diverse cultures in modern Britain. By considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
How History is taught:
History lessons focus on developing topic and disciplinary knowledge. Our enquiry approach encourages children to develop independent thinking. Children are immersed in their topic, explore relevant artefacts and historic evidence, ask questions, hypothesise using prior knowledge, then research and answer. We intend for our children to learn about history in an active and creative way and have real life experiences, often through fieldtrips or inviting visitors. A range of opportunities are provided to enable all pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Links are made within and across lessons to support pupils in making connections and in developing a strong overview of chronology, breadth and local to global history.
Knowledge and Skills Progressions:
Please click on the link below to see the specific skills and knowledge that are covered in each year group.