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At Murdishaw West we aim to provide an exciting, engaging, progressive History curriculum that provides children with a clear chronological narrative of the History of Britain and the wider world. We want to encourage the children to develop an interest in the past and an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer. Our History curriculum will enable children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity. By encouraging children’s natural curiosity and encouraging them to form and ask their own questions, we aim to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of History through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World’. This aspect is about how children find out about past and present events in their own lives, their families and other people they know. In KS1 the children will begin by learning about their own personal history, key people and events. In Key Stage Two the children will be taught about the eras in the National Curriculum in chronological order which will help them to develop a good understanding of how events in time relate to each other. Children will be taught using an enquiry approach that encourages them to ask questions and seek answers and understanding. Each topic will begin with an opportunity for the children to show what they already know and form their own questions. At the end of a topic the children will be given the opportunity to show what they have learnt. Across the school children will be given regular opportunities to review and retrieve previous learning. Through learning about a variety of eras, events and key individuals the children will deepen their understanding of the journey of human kind, including achievements and follies.


The impact of this will be that the children make good progress for the EYFS through to Year 6. Through learning about the local and world history, the children will understand how different aspects of life today have been influenced by many civilisations. Children will develop their understanding of the British Values of Tolerance and Respect through learning about different cultures and their achievements. This will be evidenced through the pupils' work and pupil voice.

History Year Group Overviews

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