The History curriculum at Round Diamond School inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through our 5 key historical concepts shown below. The progressive nature of the curriculum equips our pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps our children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. Our History curriculum aims to excite our children and allows them to develop their own skills as historians. We start in the Early Years and KS1 by encouraging children to learn about their own history. We regularly reference timelines and ensure key periods are sequenced chronologically, allowing children to refer back to and build on their prior knowledge. We strive to encourage our children to be active learners with a respect for historical evidence and give them the ability to make critical use of it to support their arguments. Our aim is that they leave us in Year 6 immersed in and inspired by history, able to take responsibility and make the best life choices learning from the past.
Progression of skills and knowledge is clearly mapped for teachers to know what has come before and what will come next in children's historical understanding.
Reflection points occur each half term as a way of encouraging children to reflect on their learning and answer a question drawing together all they have learnt.
Below is a selection the key vocabulary taught in each year group in History. We have key vocabulary for each of the 3 areas:
This vocabulary is split into tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary to ensure children can learn definitions of specific focus vocabulary and use vocabulary which is used cross-curricular.
History in the EYFS
Within the EYFS our history learning is intertwined within our theme lessons and within our child initiated learning. Each EYFS classroom has a class timeline from birth. The children add their experiences each month as they occur to build their understanding of time and chronology.