We aim for our History curriculum to lead children's interests into the world they live in. To do this we teach a knowledge rich History curriculum. Children also look at their own family and focus on what their grandparents used to be like in the past. The history curriculum at St Wilfrids makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. The curriculum will enable the children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
The curriculum will be implemented through developing skills in chronological understanding, historical enquiry, historical interpretation, organisation and communication and understanding events, people and changes.
In EYFS children learn about the meaning of past and present, describe differences and similarities between things in the past and present through drawing on their own experiences and what they have read in class. They comment on images of familiar situations in the past and begin to compare and contrast historical figures through stories
In Key Stage 1 children move into looking at modern history from before their birth. Children compare their lives with that of children from within the last 100 years through the context of toys and games and holidays and how they are different now. Our increasingly diverse intake means that we teach children about important figures from the recent past such as Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai and Rosa Parks, and their struggles for human rights.
In Key Stage 2 we go further back into the past and ancient civilisations are studied and the impact these cultures (Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings etc) had on Britain is always a focus. Importantly we also look to other parts of the world for our History topics and study a range of civilisations from the Ancient Egyptians to the Islamic Caliphates, to ensure our coverage reflects the diversity of our pupils. Throughout our History curriculum, children's understanding of human rights is underpinned as they discover the impact of the Second World War and what life was like for children in their local area during th Industrial Revolution.
Historical skills are taught in History lessons using the different topics as a context. Children are taught to work as historians as they question the reliability of resources, compare and contrast the past with the present and communicate their findings in their books.
We provide opportunities in Key Stage 1 and 2 for children to apply their literacy skills to History in the form of writing non-fiction texts such as biographies and information texts.
Topic and literacy books evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Attainment in and attitude towards historical learning are reported to parents annually. By the end of Year 6 , children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives.