Our school’s history curriculum aims to give children the powerful cultural and social capital that they need to understand the world in which they are growing up. Through our knowledge-rich, decolonised curriculum, we aim to give children experiences of a wide range of cultures, whilst ensuring that we accurately represent some of the origins of the pupils themselves and the cultural changes that have occurred in Bedford since the end of WWII.
Within our curriculum, children are given time to build on the historical vocabulary they have learned to deepen their historical understanding. This enables our children to transfer knowledge and thus make links between the various periods of history studied. For example, the word empire is introduced in KS1 (Y1 Kings & Queens). This is built upon across units in LKS2 and again during several of the UKS2 history units.
Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to engage in historical enquiry, ask questions, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement.
Children’s historical learning in the Early Years and Key Stage One starts with the familiar: their own pasts and those of their families. As children’s learning travels further back in time, historical knowledge is developed through a study of a number of carefully developed historical units.
In Key Stage 2, the children begin to learn about the earliest form of human history by studying the Stone Age (Year 3) and then working chronologically through Ancient History, into the Middle Ages and then into Modern History.
For more information, please see our History Long Term Overview