Our Curriculum Aims
Our History curriculum aims to:
- Stimulate the children’s interest, knowledge and understanding of significant events and the lives of people who lived in the past.
- Teach children to think as historians e.g. investigating the past by examining historical artefacts and primary sources.
- Help children understand that historical events and primary sources can be interpreted in different ways.
- Develop the skills of enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- Help pupils to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
- Develop a broad and long lasting knowledge of historical vocabulary.
Rationale for our Curriculum Design
The following areas were considered when designing our History curriculum:
- Planning reflects the heritage of Uxbridge and the cohort of our school with a strong emphasis on local history.
- The curriculum has an enquiry approach including the use of a range of artefacts and primary sources.
- Topics are taught using a chronological approach. They are taught in order (but there are also topics that span different time periods e.g. ‘Crime and Punishment’).
- It is accessible to pupils of all backgrounds and abilities and enables them to make progress.
- Cross-curricular links are meaningful and are used to promote the study of history.
- Pupils have opportunities to develop their Basic Skills.
- The taught curriculum is enhanced by a range of enrichment opportunities - including trips every term (see Curriculum Overviews for details).
- Curriculum design reflects current research e.g. progression of knowledge and skills.
- Opportunities are identified to teach morality, respect and equal opportunities.
- There is a focus on pupils retaining key knowledge. Topics build on previous learning and activities are planned for consolidation.
- Pupils develop a broad and long lasting knowledge of historical vocabulary.
Please click on the link (below) for our full History Policy:
Other Useful Links
Local Historical Places of Interest
You may wish to visit the following places with your child-
- Year 1: House on the Hill Toy Museum (Stansted), Uxbridge Library - Floor 6 (toy collection) and the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich).
- Year 2: The Great Fire of London Monument (London).
- Year 3: Chiltern Open Air Museum (Iron Age roundhouse).
- Year 4: The British Museum (Egyptians) and Verulamium Roman Museum (St. Albans).
- Year 5: Sutton Hoo (Suffolk) and the British Museum (Sutton Hoo artefacts).
- Year 6: Battle of Britain Bunker (Uxbridge), Uxbridge War Memorial and the Imperial War Museum (London).