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.
The teaching of History at Monega Primary School aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. The programme of study is delivered through our school’s Topic Curriculum; whereby our pupils access all areas of the History National Curriculum through themed topics of study.
Each half term a focus topic is used to provide a context within which pupils explore related areas of the History Curriculum. The Topics we teach have been selected in order to enable meaningful and creative links to be made across curriculum areas and ensure that all areas of the History Curriculum can be covered.
At Monega Primary School, we also understand the value of extended learning through educational trips, visits and experts visiting our school. Trips supporting the History Curriculum have included visits to the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.
To ensure that all pupils know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
To ensure that all pupils gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
To ensure that all pupils understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
To ensure that all pupils understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
To ensure that all pupils gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.