The History Curriculum At Kinnerley
Our History curriculum offers coherently planned sequences of lessons to ensure we have progressively covered the skills and concepts required in the National Curriculum. Our History aims to develop historical skills and concepts which are transferable to whatever period of history is being studied and will equip children for future learning. These key historical skills and concepts, which are revisited throughout different units, are: Historical Interpretations; Historical Investigations; Chronological Understanding; Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past; Presenting, Organising and Communicating.
The coverage of recent history in N/R/Year 1 such as ‘Toys’ and ‘The Seaside’ enables children to acquire an understanding of time, events and people in their memory and their parents’ and grandparents’ memories. For KS1, we have a curriculum that can be covered chronologically in reverse to allow a full opportunity for children to really grasp the difficult concept of the passing of time.
The intent in Year 2/3 is that children can work in a more chronological order from ancient history such as ‘Stone Age,’ ‘Iron Age’ to ‘Romans’ and then progress onto more modern history such as ‘ Lives of significant individuals – Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria’ and ‘Local History – Shropshire Evacuees.’
Upper KS2 allows children to repeat and embed this sequence of chronology with a wider selection of ancient history such as ‘ Ancient Egypt,’ ‘Non-European Society –Benin,’ ‘Ancient Greece,’ ‘Vikings,’ ‘Anglo-Saxons,’ through to more modern history such as ‘Shropshire Local History,’ and ‘Turning Points.’
The repeat in KS2 of chronological order from ancient to modern allows for children to truly develop and embed a sense of time and how civilisations were interconnected. Children also start to understand how some historical events occurred concurrently in different locations, e.g. Ancient Egypt and the Stone Age.