At Rounds Green Primary Academy, we believe that History is an essential part of the Curriculum and should be studied in its own right for the educational experience of its children. It is taught in a cross-curricular way wherever possible to enable children to deepen their understanding of a topic and make links across the curriculum.
Children will experience History through interactive and stimulating lessons and undertake field trips relevant to their topics to bring their History learning to life. We support children in developing a sense of chronology from living memory to the earliest of human history through an enquiry based approach in which children are encouraged to investigate and interrogate a range of historical evidence and sources. Children will also learn about cause and consequence when looking at historical events and discuss how people’s actions have influenced events and shaped their world.
History is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching History at Rounds Green Primary are consistent with our School Mission Statement and take into account the requirements set by the current National Curriculum. All children are entitled access to the programmes of study at a level appropriate to the needs of the individual child and we aim to develop the whole person by giving our children opportunities to reach the full potential in History.
Key Stage 1
Pupils will be taught about the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework using basic words and terminology to help them and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They will be taught a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
Children will ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will study some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Key Stage 2
Pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. Children will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.