Vision for History at RPNS

Theodore Roosevelt said:

'the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future’

At Ringmer Primary and Nursery School we want all of our pupils to have a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want our pupils to understand how history will shape their future through learning about human achievements and experiences.

Our motivating and engaging History curriculum will enable children to develop historical skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding, as well as inspiring pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

History lessons will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We seek to broaden children's experiences both in and outside of school through educational visits and visitors, encouraging exploration and discovery and build on their increasing cultural capital. Children will be given the opportunity 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.

Our History curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils at Ringmer know and understand the history of the UK as a coherent narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. They will understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, as well as how Britain has been influenced by the wider world. Ringmer pupils will know and understand significant aspects of the wider world, including the nature of ancient civilisations and the expansion and dissolution of empires. They will gain a grounded understanding of a wide variety of vocabulary, including terms such as: empire, civilisation, parliament and peasantry. In addition to this, they will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change and cause and consequence and will be able to make connections, draw contrasts and ask historically valid questions.

Finally, our History curriculum aims for our pupils to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims. It also encourages pupils to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.

Curriculum Overview

History Curriculum Overview.pdf