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Curriculum Intent

At Valentine we want our children to be fascinated by History!  Through a project based curriculum, we actively promote pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past. We create first-hand or virtual learning experiences through local educational trips, visitors and websites with the aim to inspire all children to become lifelong historians.

 

In line with the National Curriculum, at Valentine we provide a high-quality progressive history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. In order for our children to feel a connection to the past, and quite often their own family history, we have deliberately chosen to study periods which have a link to Southampton such as The Titanic in Year 2 and the effect of World War 2 on Southampton in Year 6. We aim to equip pupils with chronological understanding, the knowledge of past events, people involved and the changes that have not only affected the past, but have also influenced our present day and future. Through the teaching of History, we develop the children’s interpretation and enquiry skills and allow them opportunities to hone their organisation and communication skills. 

In History, we teach children about key historical figures from a wide range of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to provide them with aspirational role models. We give children the confidence to be able to ask questions and think critically whilst considering evidence from a range of sources. They will have the courage to develop their own perspective and to better understand how the past has shaped Britain and the society in which they live. Through combining History with PSHE and British Values, we encourage our pupils to consider the impact of their choices and take action against injustice in their own school and communities.

 

End of Key Stage Expectations

By the end of EYFS, children will know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class. They will understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

 

By the end of KS1, children will have an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time and a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will 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 will be able to 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 will understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

 

By the end of KS2, children will have a chronological understanding of British, local and world history in the periods studied. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should ask historically valid questions about change, cause, significance, similarity and difference. 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.

 

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly

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