The aims for our history curriculum are for our children to:
At Asquith, we teach history skills and knowledge in a sequence that builds on prior learning. In Early Years, we start from where the children are in terms of their own personal history before exploring the history of Britain and the wider world as they move up through school. We teach history skills and knowledge through topics that are chosen to fit the needs of our children, including links to local heritage where appropriate. This allows them to relate the history of their own locality with events from Britain and the wider world. We want children to leave Asquith as independent, resilient historians. They will have knowledge of key events and figures in national and global history and the enquiry skills to find out about the past and form their own opinions.
At Asquith, we aim for the children to leave us as historians. Historians interpret the past by drawing from a wide range of sources and this is what we believe we must offer our children. Throughout their time at school the children learn about the past through stories, exploring artefacts, visits to historical sites, drama and having visitors in school. This allows the children to explore the use of primary and secondary sources, begin to understand why there are different interpretations of the past and begin to form their own opinions about the past.
In Early Years, we follow the Early Years Framework and topics are changed regularly to fit with the interests and needs of the children. In years 1-6 we teach the history National Curriculum objectives in a block in the Autumn term. Our whole school progression map contains an overview of the topics that will be taught in each year group and the history skills, knowledge and vocabulary that will be covered within that topic. History skills and knowledge will also be revisited at certain points during the year as part of other topics.
Through our history curriculum, we work to develop children who are independent, resilient historians. Our children will have a broad knowledge and understanding of events and significant individuals from the past. They will build a sense of chronology and be curious about the past. Our children will leave us with the enquiry skills to be able to find out about the past and have an awareness of the reliability of the sources they use. We aim for our children to build a sense of identity by understanding how events from the past have impacted on their own community.