History Curriculum Intent
History is all around us and is part of who we are. It is being made right now and is constantly changing and evolving. When teaching history at our school, we want to ignite a life-long passion in our pupils to learn about the past and engage their curiosity to discover how their world has changed over time. Our pupils are encouraged to put themselves in the shoes of others, helping them to develop respect, as well as their own sense of identity. History has a big role in our overall topics, throughout all year groups. For every topic, we deliver ‘hook lessons’, as well as trips, themed days and visitors, to engage and inspire our pupils.
Through our curriculum, we teach our pupils about key figures from the past who have influenced our lives and events that have shaped the world we live in. As well as looking at global history, we also look at the history of our country and the local history of Faringdon. We feel it is important for children to learn about the past to help them to understand their place in the world; locally, nationally and globally. To make local history relevant to our pupils, we take them on local walks and invite visitors into school to talk about their own experiences. In Reception, the children start by learning about their own history and that of their family before moving out to their wider environment.
At Faringdon Infant School, we teach children different attitudes towards learning (Learning Muscles) and these are all explored and built upon through the teaching of history and run through every lesson. Attitudes such as curiosity and enjoyment are encouraged through the way we plan our history lessons and the history topics we choose to teach. Our pupils feel confident to ask questions and we want our pupils to be so engaged with the topics we teach, that they want to continue their learning at home and outside the classroom.
The document below shows an overview of the core knowledge and understanding that should be covered within History across EYFS and KS1, taken from the Development Matters and National Curriculum documents.
History Curriculum Map
Below is the document detailing our coverage of the History objectives from Reception to Year 2. It shows the different topics that are taught in each year group and how the History objectives fit into each of these topics.
At FIS, we want to make sure that our pupils have a rich and rounded education, building on what they have learnt in the previous year. In History, we focus on core strands to build upon and show progression.
These core strands are:
The progression document below shows how these strands are built upon as a pupil progresses through the school.