At Stainton School, we aim to give children the opportunity to develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. It is our goal to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past; equipping them to ask questions, think critically, consider evidence and develop perspective and judgement. We want our pupils to gain an understanding of historic events and how they have influenced present day and to develop their interest in people and occurrences of the past.
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;
- Use these 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.
During Key Stage 1, pupils learn about important historical events and periods in history as well as people’s lives and lifestyles. They are given the opportunity to: find out about significant men, women, children and events from the past, including those from both Britain and the wider world; listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions; learn how the past is different from the present.
During Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and learn about significant people, events and places. Using dates and historical vocabulary pupils are encouraged to describe events, people and developments. They are given the opportunity to learn about change and continuity and note connections, contrasts and trends over time. They use different sources of information to help them investigate and are encouraged to ask questions, leading to an understanding and connection with the past. Children are then given the opportunity to communicate their understanding in a variety of ways.
The links below shows how the subject content of History in the National Curriculum 2014 is integrated into the learning for each key stage and year group.