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CofE VA Primary School

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What will children learn?

History is about the interpretation of evidence. It is important to develop key concepts and ask key questions. At Radwinter CofE Primary School, we want the children to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, so that pupils have a good understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. Our curriculum is devised to help the children:

  • Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers 
  • Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of History 
  • To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality 
  • Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies and epochs 
  • Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ  
  • Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History 
  • Enquire into Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past 


How will children be taught?

We aim to provide creative lessons which will 'hook' the children into their learning about different eras by using drama techniques, study of artefacts, visits to local museums/centres and visits from local educational providers (e.g. Saffron Walden Museum, Cambridge Museums, Duxford War Museum, Audley End Estate). 


Topics in year 6 will be taught in greater depth than those in year 3. Pupils will be expected to make links and comparisons between topics studied as they move through the key stage; by year 6 children will be secure in drawing comparisons and making connections between different time periods and their own lives.  They will also have a good chronological understanding of British history from the Stone age to the present day. 


The focus will be upon:

  • characteristic features of societies – their beliefs and lifestyles
  • change and continuity – chronology, similarity and difference, historical perspectives
  • cause and consequence (range and depth of knowledge)
  • interpretations (how evidence is used to make historical claims, distinguishing between fact and fiction)
  • enquiry (using artefacts to answer questions)


What will the outcomes for children be?

Our History curriculum is planned to ensure continuity and progression throughout the school. Our progression skills document maps out the essential skills, knowledge and understanding expected at each year group.  We use an enquiry based approach that uses key questions as the focus for learning objectives. Children are encouraged to think critically, ask thoughtful questions and examine evidence.


We aim to:

  • assess children's understanding of topic vocabulary at the start and end of each topic
  • interview children about their learning
  • encourage dialogue between staff to share ideas, and to moderate work
  • share good practice
  • mark written work against the school's marking policy





If you would like further information on the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.