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Emmanuel History Curriculum

Statement of intent:

At Emmanuel, History is a key component of our broad and balanced curriculum.

We intend for our history curriculum to:

  • Fulfil the aims of the National Curriculum for History.
  • Reflect and celebrate the diversity of our school community by learning about different historical figures from around the world as well having a broad and balanced curriculum which covers different historical periods from around the world.
  • Develop a love of learning for the subject by equipping children with the necessary historical skills that will allow them to fully immerse themselves in the subject.
  • Inspire children to build their own resilience by studying historical figures who have overcome adversity.

Introduction about history

History is a valued and highly-regarded subject here at Emmanuel and aims for pupils to develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The History curriculum at Emmanuel is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy on how we can help children to learn more and remember more. This is taught through these key strands of history:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Historical enquiry
  • Interpretation of History
  • Continuity and Change
  • Cause and Consequence
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Significance

History skills from EYFS to Y6

In Reception and KS1 history is taught in half-termly units throughout the year, introducing them to the key vocabulary used to talk about the past. They will begin to look at changes throughout history within our living memory and then dive further into the past, exploring key significant events, such as The Great Fire of London, as well as significant individuals from around the world and their impact on history.

In KS2 history is continued to be taught half-termly throughout the year and builds on the foundation of skills children acquired in KS1. Children will get a wider sense of the chronology of history, from the Stone Age to the present day. Through their chronological understanding, children will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods, understand the link between cause and consequence and consider how the past can be interpreted in different ways.

We enrich the children’s experience of history through a wide range of trips which are embedded within the curriculum and help children fully immerse themselves in it. Alongside this, our cross-curricular approach to learning seeks to children to continuously revisit key skills and learning throughout their time at school.

Have a look at the History topics taught at Emmanuel:

To find out about History taught in each here group, have a look below: