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 an understanding of the past and of 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 knowledge and understanding. History lessons will give the opportunity to use a range of sources. We seek to broaden children's experiences both in and outside of school through educational visits and visitors encouraging exploration and discovery. Children will be motivated to develop their historic inquiry and to question the interpretation of events.

As they begin their journey through Ringmer Primary school our youngest children explore their own personal history and that of their family. They learn about differences in the past through stories, pictures, artefacts and real life experiences as they begin to learn how and why things have changed over time.

In KS1, their understanding of chronology develops as they learn about history within living memory such as how homes, shops and transport have changed. Children also learn about events beyond living memory such as The Great Fire of London and The Gunpowder Plot, an event which is significant to the local area. They learn about the stories of famous historical figures such as Florence Nightingale and Grace Darling, motivating the children to ask and answer questions about the past and discover how these people and events impact the world we live in today.

In KS2, we aim for children to deepen their historical knowledge and skills progressively. We will provide interesting sources to inspire enquiry as they learn about, for example, settlements in prehistoric Britain or the legacy of the Empire of Ancient Greece. The impact of major events such as WW2 in our locality will be brought to life by real experiences. Children will develop understanding of connections and patterns over time by studying a theme, for example, social change for children.

Our history curriculum aims for children at RPNS to think critically about the past to enable them to gain a sense of their own identity within our present and their future world.

Progression of Skills

History Progression Map.docx.pdf