How we teach History at The Avenue

We teach the requirements of the National Curriculum from Year 1 through to Year 6, and develop early skills and enquiry through teaching the ‘Understanding of the World’ section of the EYFS.  We provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum with a carefully planned progression of vital historical concepts, knowledge and skills as our children progress through the school.

History at The Avenue is taught in blocks so that children can achieve depth in their learning. We structure our learning in this way so that the children are immersed in everything that is History. Further opportunities are planned and spaced throughout the year so that the children’s knowledge and skills are revisited, embedded and built upon. Our curriculum is delivered in a way that is exciting, interesting, relevant to our children and links to other areas of learning, wherever possible. Drama is used to immerse children in a time or event in order to deepen knowledge and understanding and to promote enquiry. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

We ensure chronology is a focus at the start of every history unit so our children can place events in time and make links with prior knowledge and learning. Our two themes: leadership and achievement, are woven through our history curriculum as the children journey through the school. These themes will be studied in the form of key questions and have been chosen as they link closely to our core value of aspiration, reflecting the context of our school.

Through our History curriculum, we strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past.  Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children 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 place in time.