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At Kempshott Junior School we aim for children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children’s’ curiosity about the past, to give them the skills and confidence to question and think critically using evidence and as result make informed judgements key events they study. Through our history curriculum children develop an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, how ways of life changes over time and how relationships between different groups has affected this.
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
At Kempshott Junior School children study the key historical concepts of chronology, characteristic features of the time or period, historical significance; change and continuity; cause and consequence and historical interpretation and historical enquiry through the overarching theme of ‘Invaders and Settlers’. Our history curriculum is taught in blocks and forms the basis of our topics. Links are made between history and other curriculum areas if possible to spark enthusiasm and curiosity of history.
Each unit starts with revisiting the time period studied before, putting key events on the class timeline to embed children’s knowledge of previous learning. Each lesson starts with a quick quiz that assesses children’s understanding and knowledge of previous learning. All lessons are led by an overarching question, which is then investigated using interesting and thought-provoking tasks to engage the children. Lessons end by revisiting the key question of the session. At the end of each unit there is an assessment task that can be differentiated to support children with SEN needs.
History Overview Curriculum Progression