The 2014 National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all children:
- Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate children’s curiosity to know more about the past.
- Children should learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
- To begin 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.
In order to compare and contrast and build upon knowledge and evidence there should be key themes that run through all topics. These will enable children to make links and identify similarities and differences both between the past and present and also different periods of time and history.
- When did people settle?
- Where did people settle?
- Why did people settle there?
- How did they live within their settlements?
- What does the country / place / settlement look like now?
- What is the legacy of these people and how they lived?
The documents below show an example of how we plan an overview of teaching and learning within a historical topic / theme.