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Our intent is to give every child a high quality history curriculum, which enables them to confidently gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Each unit works sequentially, building on prior knowledge and allowing children to understand the chronology involved. Vocabulary is taught explicitly in order to allow children an opportunity to use this language in lessons. We revisit vocabulary and knowledge gained in each lesson to ensure retention and understanding. History is supplemented by exciting and engaging educational visits and developing links with the rich local history of Stowmarket.

Aims of the History Curriculum

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

  • know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • 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 and deploy 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, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

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