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History

History - our intent

A high-quality History education will inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past, as well as equipping children with the skills and knowledge to investigate and discover the complexity of people’s lives. How past events have shaped our future, the diversity of societies, key figures in history and the chronology of key events in British history as well as the wider world.

At Iveson, we will enable children to think critically, analyse a variety of sources weighing evidence, investigate the children’s own questions, and successfully understand and compare: society, architecture, religion and trade across all time periods studied. Thus, providing the children fundamental skills to develop their own identity and understand the complex challenges of their time.  

At Iveson, we will enable children to think critically, analyse a variety of sources weighing evidence, investigate the children’s own questions, and successfully understand and compare: society, architecture, religion and trade across all time periods studied.

Iveson Primary School

History in the Early Years Foundation Stage  

Understanding the World   

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.  

 

Early Learning Goals 

Understanding the World  

 ELG: Past and Present   

Children at the expected level of development will: – Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society; – Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class; – Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling. 

Purpose of study 

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand 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. 

 

Aims 

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and 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 

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