At Floreat Montague Park we aim to provide pupils with a high-quality history education through a carefully planned thematic curriculum. From nursery to year 6, pupils will study specific topics that are organised in a logical sequence. The curriculum helps them to develop an understanding of the world in the past. Over time, children develop an understanding of the history of Great Britain and Ireland as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
A high quality history education has the potential to inspire pupils. According to the National Curriculum, ‘...teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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 the challenges of their time’. (National Curriculum, 2014)
Through studies of topics such as the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greece and The Roman Empire, children are encouraged to grapple with concepts such as continuity and change. They are taught to make connections and look for similarities and differences. They are prompted to consider FMP’s big ideas: power, democracy, beliefs, sustainability, inequality and diversity.
Younger children develop an awareness of the past using common, everyday language relating to the passing of time. They begin to build an awareness of chronology and this is supported by timelines displayed in their classrooms and the main corridor. They are introduced to some of the main periods and ages and can talk about some of the main characteristics of an epoch.
In key stage 2, their knowledge is extended with a number of new topics and their understanding of chronology is deepened. They are able to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
Throughout their historical study, pupils are introduced to methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to support views and construct arguments. They learn to appreciate how historical perspectives are constructed from a range of sources.