At Bromstone primary school we are committed to providing all children with a history curriculum which develops a solid foundation of the past as well as evaluating and questioning skills. The curriculum builds pupils’ knowledge of key events and people (in line with the national curriculum).
We follow an enquiry-based curriculum, which means each topic has a key question. By the end of the term each question is investigated, discussed and evaluated before pupils are able to answer it. We focus on allowing pupils time to develop their own opinions using historical sources and understanding the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of past societies. Through our key question we aim to inspire curiosity about life and events that have happened in the past. Our curriculum is carefully planned to build and revisit knowledge and skills that have been learnt through EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Teaching historical terminology is an important part of our curriculum developing their understanding through vocabulary shows further understanding. Pupils can identify similarities and differences, cause and effect and changes and trends. Opportunities to make cross-curricular links between history and other subjects are common practice throughout our school, where appropriate.
Our aim is to enable pupils to understand the world around them and question evidence they are given. We want them to be able to begin secondary school as historians who can evaluate evidence they are given and argue their point of view – skills that are sought after in adult life.