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Turvey Primary School

Turvey Primary School

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Humanities

We have a rich and engaging topic based curriculum, which allows us to teach History and Geography through exciting lessons and projects throughout the school.  Our learning is enriched by visitors to the school, theatre productions and school trips which support the children in their learning.

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

-know and understand the story of these islands: how the British people shaped this nation and how Britain influenced the world 

  • -know and understand British history as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the story of the first settlers in these islands to the development of the institutions which govern our lives today 

  • -know and understand the broad outlines of European and world history: the growth and decline of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; the achievements and follies of mankind 

  • -gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire', ‘civilisation', ‘parliament' and ‘peasantry' 

  • -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 

  • -understand how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed 

  • -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.

In Key Stage 1 the children begin to acquire an understanding of chronology and their place in history.  They learn about some key historical events and figures.  They begin to use historical vocabulary relating to the passage of time.

In Key Stage 2 the children take on more in depth studies of particular time periods in world history.  They use their skills of enquiry to make deductions and to evaluate historical evidence.