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Primary School


Coordinator  Mr G Hobson

History should inspire a curiousity in young people. They should want to know more about the past, what people's lives were like, significant events that shaped periods of history and legacies that can still be seen today. At Netherthong, our history curriculum has been designed to not only inspire students, but enable them to argue, debate, question and weigh up evidence in a historical context. We intend to explore not only Britain's turbulent past, but that of the wider world too. Pupils will develop appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the national curriculum history programmes of study.

The history of Britain commences in the earliest times and streches up to the present day, We want pupils to have coherent and chronological understanding of these island's history and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. We want 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.

Students follow a carefully constructed history curriculum that provides a wide range of learning. Coverage will explore the local history that has affected the people and area in which we live. The history of civilisationjs and empires will form  

Language - The promotion of a language rich History curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in history. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich historical vocabulary throughout school is planned in history.

The exposure to source materials is important, as through the use of primary and secondary sources, students can excerise personal opinion and interpretation leading to debate and high level reasoning

At the end of each topic, children will have broadened their own vocabularies within the context of the topic. Marking and feedback will inform the teacher of understanding or misconceptions that can be addressed throughout the unit of study.

Monitoring will take places within school. The subject leader will ensure that that a broad range of history. takes place. This will be monitored through the use of lesson observations, pupil voice and various scrutinies.

As historians children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future.

Useful websites and resources for History

This is the main BBC website for key stage 2 history, which has lots of useful information and videos about many topics covered in school.

This is the key stage 1 section of the BBC website for history. It is usefully organised into periods of history as well as themes throughout history. This is really useful for helping children understand chronology!

The organisation of this website can be frustrating if you are looking for a specific area of history, however it is great if you want to just have a casual browse, using the ‘cool clicks’ and the ‘what’s popular’ sections.

CBBC have done a great job of bringing history to life through Horrible Histories. Full episodes are available from the link above. Many episodes focus on themes across history as well as other episodes that look at specific eras.