History at KLT
Our intention as a school is to deliver a broad history curriculum that will give children the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to successfully continue their study of history when they begin secondary school.
We intend that children will have a good understanding of the overall chronology of both British and world history, and will be able to understand and explain where the different topics they have studied fit in relation to each other. They will also know the approximate time span that each individual topic covers, as well as showing an awareness of different events that occurred simultaneously.
Furthermore, we intend that by the end of Key Stage 2, children at KLT will be curious and critical historians. They will have learned to analyse the information they are given, questioning the origin of historical sources and deciding the extent of any possible biases. They will have an understanding of cause and effect, will be able to identify similarities and differences from different time periods and be able to evaluate the significance of different events.
At KLT Cornerstones is used to map our history curriculum. The resource:
- Follows guidance set out in the national curriculum.
- Presents a rich and diverse account of British and world history.
- Creates opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links.
- Provides a range of lesson ideas.
Due to our rolling three-year cycle in Reception, Year 1 and 2, and Years 3, 4 and 5, the topics within each module are mapped to ensure to enable pupils to access all relevant learning by the end of each Key Stage. A single year overview is provided for Year 6.
History topics are taught in the Autumn and Summer terms, with opportunities for revision of historical concepts in some of the spring term geography projects.
In Reception, Year 1 and 2, children study the following topics on a three-year rolling timetable:
- Childhood – This project builds on children’s past experiences, including their family history and events within living memory.
- School Days – This project enables children to learn the history of their school and compare schooling in the Victorian period.
- Movers and Shakers – This project explores the concept of significance and the significant people that have greatly influenced history.
- Magnificent Monarchs – This project introduces children to the challenging concepts of power and monarchy.
In Years 3, 4 and 5, children study the following topics on a three-year rolling timetable:
- Through the Ages – This project teaches children about the significance of prehistoric periods and the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
- Emperors and Empires – This project teaches children about the Roman Empire, its invasion of Britain and Britain’s ensuing Romanisation.
- Invasion – This project teaches children about the Roman withdrawal and invasion and settlement of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.
- Ancient Civilizations – This project enables children to learn about the achievements of the earliest civilizations, including ancient Sumer, the Indus valley civilization and ancient Egypt.
- 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.
- 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.
In Year 6, children study the following topics on a single year timetable:
- Maafa – This project enables children to study the more complex historical issues of enslavement, colonialism and power. They 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.
- 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.
Assessment in history is gathered through a combination of teacher judgements and student self-assessment journeys. Student self-assessment journeys enable pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.
- Delivery of history at KLT is engaging. This is evident by the children’s enthusiasm: they are always keen to find out what their next topic will be, and there are high levels of participation for the children’s optional topic-based homework.
- Children have a good understanding of the overall chronology of both British and world history.
- Children are curious and critical historians who can analyse sources, understand cause and effect, evaluate the significance of events and identify similarities and differences from different time periods.
- Effective progression of knowledge and skills are illustrated in pupils’ exercise books and self-assessment journeys.