History is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The information on this website outlines the nature, aims and delivery of the history curriculum at Abbey Meads Community Primary School.
Nature of History
History is a continuous study of the past, its people and its events. Through History, children can begin to learn and understand about the past and how this has shaped the future. This fascinating subject allows us to understand the world today. The teaching of History allows for the incorporation of a wide variety of cross-curricula subjects that will help your children develop questioning, debating, literacy and analytical skills.
At Abbey Meads Community Primary School, we study a wide range of topics and time-periods in order to allow our pupils a deeper understanding of the past. We study a wide range of historical periods ranging from The Great Fire of London to The Normans, Greeks and Tudors. Children will also learn about key historical figures and learn about the local history surrounding them.
Abbey Meads places the emphasis on a rich and diverse curriculum and high quality teaching of history. This will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past and that of the wider world. An enriched and creative History curriculum should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Aims (taken from the National Curriculum, revised 2014):
The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
Know and understand the history of these islands 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.
It is expected that all children at Abbey Meads Community Primary School will know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study at the end of each Key Stage.