At Chidham Parochial Primary school, the intention of our History curriculum is to enable children to develop a deep knowledge and an understanding of local, British and world history. We learn History to help us become more independent and inquisitive thinkers through exploring the past, finding and learning from the good (and not so good) in others.
· The children will be equipped with the skills that will enable them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
· They will understand the historical concepts of chronology, change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and the significance of events and their impact on the future.
· They will use historical terms and vocabulary accurately and effectively.
· They will know how to use a wide range of historical sources to enable them to research their own lines of enquiry.
Historical learning experiences at Chidham Parochial School will inspire our children’s curiosity to know more about the past and instil in them a positive attitude to learning.
We use the Cornerstones Curriculum to carefully map our provision to ensure that each project builds on prior knowledge and understanding alongside developing key skills such as an ability to interrogate sources, ask valuable questions, and conduct research in an effective, efficient way. The History Curriculum is planned with a progression of key historical skills when learning about a key historical period/event in history with key vocabulary taught explicitly and considers the children’s prior learning and consolidates the key skills. The children learn the following historical skills:
· To investigate and interpret the past
· To build an overview of world history
· To understand chronology
· To communicate historically
The history curriculum promotes reading and communication skills so children are able to apply their English skills and have the opportunity to write for a range of purposes using historical knowledge, understanding and vocabulary.
Our History curriculum has been developed to enable children to develop a respect for diversity, social responsibility and a sense of how events from the past have shaped their future. The children will become more resilient and learn from past mistakes and develop respect for differences in historical cultures. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes using the Cornerstones assessments, pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts.
Our Year 6 historians will leave Chidham with a greater awareness of world and local history and how this has impacted on the development of the local area and the world around them. Their curriculum experiences will have allowed them to gain an understanding of the cultural diversity of past society’s and their influence today.