Our history curriculum inspire's our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps our pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. It equips our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
Through the use of the Cornerstones Curriculum we ensure history projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s historical knowledge, skills and subject disciplines. Key aspects and concepts, such as chronology, cause and effect, similarity and difference, significance and hierarchy, are revisited throughout all projects and are developed over time. All projects also develop historical skills based on evidence and historical enquiry. The choice of historical periods follows the guidance set out in the national curriculum, with specific details relating to significant events and individuals chosen to present a rich and diverse account of British and world history. Where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections with other projects, history projects are sequenced accordingly. For example, the project Dynamic Dynasties is taught alongside the art and design project Taotie to give children a better all-round understanding of ancient Chinese arts and culture. Usually history projects are taught in the autumn and summer terms, with opportunities to revisit historical concepts in some of the spring term geography projects.
At Mawgan-in-Pydar we have mixed-age classes therefore History is taught through a two year rolling programme.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 children study the project Childhood which builds on children’s past experiences, including their family history and events within living memory. Children also study the project School Days which enables children to learn the history of their school and compare schooling in the Victorian period.Children explore a broad range of periods in the project Movers and Shakers which explores the concept of significance and the significant people that have greatly influenced history. Children also study the project Magnificent Monarchs which introduces children to the challenging concepts of power and monarchy in preparation for more complex historical topics in Key Stage 2.
The projects studied in Key Stage 1 provide numerous opportunities for children to explore significant historical events, people and places in their locality
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children study the chronology of British history in the project Through the Ages which teaches children about the significance of prehistoric periods and the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children continue to develop their knowledge of the chronology of British history in the project Emperors and Empires. This project teaches children about the Roman Empire, its invasion of Britain and Britain’s ensuing Romanisation. Children resume their learning about British history in the project Invasion. This project teaches children about the Roman withdrawal and the invasion and settlement of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This project concludes at 1066, which meets the guidance from the national curriculum for British history. Children then begin their studies of ancient history by studying the overview project Ancient Civilisations. This project enables children to learn about the achievements of the earliest civilisations, including ancient Sumer, the Indus Valley civilisation and ancient Egypt.
Children continue to build their knowledge of ancient civilisations with an in-depth analysis of ancient China in the project Dynamic Dynasties. This project enables children to study the significance and influence of ancient China and its prowess and advancements in the written word, technology and metalwork. Children further study ancient and world history in the project Groundbreaking Greeks. This project enables children to explore life in ancient Greece, including examining the achievements and influence of ancient Greece on the western world. Children study the more complex historical issues of enslavement, colonialism and power in the project Maafa. Children explore a range of African kingdoms, including the Kingdom of Benin, and study Britain’s role in the development, perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade. Children also study the project Britain at War. This project enables children to study the role war has played in Britain’s history since 1066, focusing on the First and Second World Wars as crucial turning points in British history.
Throughout the history scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programmes of study.