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Aims of the Subject

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Know and understand the history of Britain islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.

• Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

• Gain a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.

• Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

• Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Curriculum overview

History at Brize is creatively taught throughout the school using a topic based approach. Pupils are given the opportunity to investigate photographs, documents, clothing, music and artefacts to interpret the past in different ways. Visits to historical sites and museums take place to help the children to gain further (occasionally ‘realistic’ ) knowledge and understanding of what the past, and people who lived in the past, were like. Visitors to school also provide the same experiences. History is taught using a multimedia approach, where pupils at are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, debate evidence and develop their own perspective and judgement of historical events, ensuring the children are equipped with skills needed to become independent thinkers and learners.

What the children say

“I liked seeing the coins.”

“I find learning about what people did in the past interesting.”

“I found out what people used to eat, and what they used to do. I really liked that.”

Topics: Key Stage 1 2017 - 18

Victorian toys, Queen Victoria, Victorian Christmas

An event or famous person from the past, chosen based on the children's interests

Topics: Key Stage 2 2017 - 18

The Monarchy

Crime and Punishment

Early Islamic Civilisation

Topics: Key Stage 1 2016 - 17

A significant historical event from the past

Other topics to suit children's interests

Topics: Key Stage 2 2016 - 17

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

Roman Empire