The History Curriculum
At FMPS our school motto is ‘Forever Making Pupils Shine’ and this statement pervades all areas of school life and the curriculum. In history, we aim to inspire pupils by our local area and beyond with relevant high-quality teaching which is accessible to all children that instils a curiosity of the past.
What we intend our children to know
Our history curriculum is sequentially interwoven with the key threads of Historical Knowledge, effectively use Primary Sources then the ability to Explain, analysis and interpret the past. Children are encouraged to be confident and informed questioners who are at ease with similarities and differences about the past. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time
Our curriculum is designed coherently to ensure that the building blocks of knowledge are scaffolded and progressive from unit to unit. As a pupil’s history learning journey develops through school, prior learning is revisited to support their next steps. Historical vocabulary is meticulously selected in-line with year group expectations to support their knowledge and understanding.
How we will ensure pupils learn the knowledge that we have identified
At FMPS we strive to equip pupils with a high-quality history education to be inspired to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, select arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Each lesson and unit builds on their prior learning and fundamentally strengthens their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. All pupils enjoy a wide range of engaging and carefully selected learning experiences and activities, to inspire their curiosity. This equips pupils to ask perceptive questions and to develop a judgement and understanding of the past. Clear and meaningful feedback provided by teachers is driven by the desire to eliminate misconception and to further embed, deepen and challenge knowledge and understanding. Staff attend training, observe lessons and plan thoroughly to ensure expert subject knowledge.
Assessment for learning plays a critical role in identifying knowledge taught. Knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more are indicators of progress. Learning should build towards an end point and children should be prepared for their next stage of learning. Through assessment for learning, staff target misconceptions and gaps in learning by carefully adapting planning to ensure all children are meeting year group expectations.
You can view our Progression Grid below:
You can view our Statement of Intent below:
You can view Photos of our History Lessons by clicking the link below: