Bishop’s Primary history teaches our children how to understand themselves in time. The curriculum aims to inspire children to become curious and enthusiastic historians. History is made important though creating a need to know and finding interesting starting points which stimulate children’s inquisitive natures.
We believe our history curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We ensure our planning and all lessons engage the children about the past, making good use of sources, cross curricular opportunities and visits to develop the skills and enjoyment in this subject.
From the earliest starting points, history is presented as an exciting narrative and brought alive using: story, film, drama and role play. Some of the most exciting ways the children engage in their learning and develop their understanding of the past is clearly illustrated through the stories they tell. Our children build a sense of chronology through language and terminology – from words such as ‘before’ and ‘after’ to AD, BC, century, Roman, Tudor to sequence, duration, chronology. They gradually build up a sense of how periods and events fit together in sequence through understanding the big picture of events across time. They begin to understand why putting events in the correct sequence are important for explaining why events took place. Developing a sense of the length of time, for example that the era of Roman Britain was nearly six times longer than the Victorian period is important for understanding chronological knowledge as well as the sense of period – understanding what’s special and distinctive about a period of history, not simply what happened during that period.
Opportunities are created to gather information from a range of sources and developing skills to interpret and evaluate data to develop personal understanding of the past. Our children are encouraged to reflect on learning and to draw conclusions.
History within KS1 is planned and taught through themes developing the ability to investigate, consider, reflect and review changes in living memory.
Our history curriculum in KS2 encompasses bespoke Bronze age workshops based on drama and storytelling allow our young people to establish a clear narrative within the period. Proximity to the Roman forts of Vindola and Segedunum and Hadrian’s Wall enrich the understanding of the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain through planned educational visits. Historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference are encouraged to make comparison of differing periods in time. Understanding how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, including a trip to Lindisfarne allows our young people to explore one of the first landing sites of the Vikings. A trip to Eden Camp explores a significant turning point in British history. The Blitz, the Street at War (with rationing and fashions), the Home Guard, Evacuation, the Battle of Britain and VE & VJ Day are explored through the medium of story.