Our intent within our History curriculum is to follow our school vision of:
Together in God’s Promises, Goodness and Love
By exploring History through our school vision, we hope to give all children the desire to explore our History and ask questions as to why things happened the way they did.
At Holy Trinity, we use the Uplift Approach to help embed our History knowledge and ensure that it is in our long-term memory. Please see the Uplift Policy to understand this principle in more detail.
At the start of each History unit, we do a prior learning lesson to recap what we have learnt previously in History. By recapping our prior knowledge we embed it within our long-term memory.
We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘How do we know?’, about information they are given. Learning objectives show progression in how pupils’ thinking and responses develop from simple assertions using description to explanation and analysis.
In Key Stage 2, there are different focus areas which link with a previous/future history unit. When looking at a History time period, we ensure we teach what this era is like but we will then look deeper in a specific area. Below is the areas of focus and where they link with a previous/future History unit:
Year 4: Ancient Egypt
Year 5: Ancient Greeks
Year 3: Stone Age
Year 6: The Mayans
Year 3: Romans
Year 4: Settles and Invaders (The Saxons and The Vikings)
Year 5: The Victorians
Year 6: World War II
We hope by focusing on prior learning each unit, this will embed the children’s long-term memory. The focus areas within the Key Stage 2 curriculum helps the children to compare similarities and differences between different time periods.
History in Action:
Year 5 Victorian Day
Year 5 Local Study Visit - Yeovil Town Centre