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History at Grange C of E School

What are our history aims?

Through our History curriculum we intend to prepare each student for their next phase of education whilst at the same time giving all children a broad and balanced view of the History of Britain and other societies. In this, children will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with intention to improve every students’ cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. History at Grange CE Primary School aims to be ambitious, and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and thorough teaching of Historical skills. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.  We have tailored our curriculum to incorporate local history studies and relating history topics to the local area, where appropriate.

At Grange CE Primary School, we have designed our History curriculum with the intent that our children will: 

  • Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers. 
  • Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other important periods of History. 
  • To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality. 
  • Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies.
  • Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ.  
  • Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History. 
  • Enquire in to Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past.

How do we teach history at Grange CE Primary School?

The curriculum has been organised to ensure coverage and progression in all skills relating to History. In KS1, the historical skills focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living memory. This will ensure a firm foundation for KS2 History. In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order, where possible, to allow children to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year-on-year and within the year.  The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following: 

  • Chronological Understanding 
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past 
  • Connection and Historical Links 
  • Interpretations of History 
  • Historical enquiry 

To enhance our history curriculum, we also provide the children with high quality visits and visitors.

What is the impact of history teaching at Grange CE Primary School? 

Children become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past and will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that we live in. They will also have a further understanding of History on a local level and on a small-scale.  Children will develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning. Where applicable, children will have encountered or participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of History. Children are able to retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.