Our History curriculum has been designed to be knowledge-rich and coherently sequenced. Knowledge means not only to know about historical events, times and people in the past but also knowledge of substantive concepts (e.g. the empire and civil war) and disciplinary historical concepts (e.g. evidence and interpretation). These concepts are interleaved across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and apply them in different situations.
At Trottiscliffe C of E Primary school, we aim to allow children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. Understanding in history requires an understanding of causation. Children will be able to understand the cause of significant national and global events.
The curriculum is balanced to enable children to look in some depth at local, national and world history, encouraging children to explore the connection between significant events and people and how they have influenced the modern world.
At Trottiscliffe C of E School, the children will study at least one unit of British history a year. While developing a solid understanding of the political context of each period. As well as, studying context in more depth including cultural, social and religious context of the time. They cover fascinating ancient civilisations, the expansion and dissolution of empires and achievements of humankind across the ages.
Our pupils have participated in many exciting opportunities, including visiting Chatham dockyard to experience life in a Victorian rope factory, visiting the British museum and local castles. As well as, historical activity days and even a World war sleep over. Trottiscliffe C of E School implements the National Curriculum through creative and practical experiences which are inclusive of all pupils.
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following;
- book look
- pupils voice
- lesson observations
- regular feedback to the pupils.
Our history curriculum aspires to create curious and knowledgeable young people, who hold a deep understanding and appreciation of the discipline of history, and are able to sift and weigh evidence to begin to formulate their own viewpoints and perspectives of the world.