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History

At Hemlington Hall Academy, we have a history curriculum that will help children have an understanding of their past and how history will shape their future. The history curriculum will provide the children with engaging opportunities to explore Britain and the wider world. The people of the past take us on journeys as we learn about their time and impact in history. As a school, we believe that high-quality history lessons and enrichment opportunities inspire pupil’s curiosity to ask questions. Children will gain knowledge, and develop skills to think critically, weigh evidence, and develop perspective and judgement.

History will also help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Wherever possible, links are made between subjects in contexts for learning with overarching themes to contextualize and motivate learners. Contexts for learning provide highly productive opportunities to use and apply skills in various subjects whilst strengthening pupils’ learning in history.

Our Intent

Key stage 1

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should 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 should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching about the people, events and changes outlined below, teachers are often introducing pupils to historical periods that they will study more fully at key stages 2 and 3.

Pupils should be taught about:

Key stage 2

Pupils should 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 should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching the British, local and world history outlined below, teachers should combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content.

Pupils should be taught about:

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