Slimbridge Primary School


History Intent Statement

The History curriculum is designed to develop a curiosity and knowledge of Britain’s past and how that relates to the wider world. The aim is for children to become aware that their understanding of the past is influenced by the evidence they see and how that has been interpreted at the time or later and how they can question, look at evidence and judge the arguments before coming to their own conclusions. History gives us an insight into the lives of others, how these have been influenced and changed and how this relates to their own lives.

As a result of the curriculum children will;

Develop language to use in inquiry and explanation
Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.
Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.
At Slimbridge Primary School the intention is to provide children with a history education that gives them the skills necessary to interpret their world and how it has been influenced by the past. Children will have the opportunity to understand how the world has changed naturally and through human influence and how this influences our thinking.

History Implementation Statement
The History curriculum ensures children have access to key knowledge, language and skills to understand their world and to use these skills across the curriculum. Children will develop an understanding of the sequence of historical events and their influence on the world, through timelines, sequencing events and comparing different societies. The use of evidence, visits and artefacts support a child’s understanding of a time in history, they are asked develop both skills and knowledge to think critically, understand change, and apply this to understand the impact of historical periods on the world.

Lessons will include Teacher led, instruction, modelling skills and techniques, demonstration and inquiry based learning as children start to understand a period of history and gain confidence and the skills to delve deeper. History has strong links with Literacy and is often used as a meaningful way to represent different writing genres.

The curriculum will focus on developing the children’s knowledge of British history and how this has been influenced by, and in turn influenced, the wider world and in turn developing a language to explain and process this understanding. In addition, the children will study;

Significant aspects of the wider world, including civilisations, empires and characteristics of non-European societies
Concepts of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and, difference and significance and use them to develop an understanding of history
The importance of using evidence to support arguments and interpretations of the past
Connections between different context, – culturally, economically, militarily, politically, religiously and socially
History Impact Statement
Whilst at Slimbridge Primary School, children will have the opportunity to develope their understanding of the sequence of historical events and the impact of these events on times that came later. How each part of our history, both personally and in the wider world, has an impact in the future.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through; reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work. Children will develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them to become competent historians in secondary education, but, we hope, will also equip them to understand how the people of the world have developed and changed.