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At KPNS, we believe that a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children to become time detectives, developing their curiosity to know more about the past and develop their understanding of chronology through an enquiry-based approach. History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians in a fun, exciting and cross-curricular way building on their skills and knowledge as they progress through the school. Visits and artefacts will be used to bring the past alive and encourage children to investigate and develop their skills of enquiry.  

The History curriculum is designed to be knowledge focused and promote high engagement, to motivate children to learn by offering a wide range of rich learning experiences that build on and develop their prior knowledge and expertise. Careful sequencing of the curriculum, and regular opportunities for children to revisit prior learning, ensures that children's knowledge and understanding develops progressively through their time in our school.

At KPNS, we aim to:

• Foster in children an interest in the past, developing their historical vocabulary to enable them to discuss and interpret events from the past 

• Enable children to know about significant events in British history and World history to appreciate how things have changed over time.   

• Develop pupils’ understanding of chronology and skills of enquiry and investigation.

 • Help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their own cultural heritage and an understanding of history in their locality, including in depth local studies.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Curriculum Overview, found below, outlines the comprehensive coverage of History across Key Stages 1 and 2, in accordance with the national curriculum and beyond. The overview also includes relevant details about EYFS. In addition, our EYFS curriculum identifies specific vocabulary, knowledge, and understanding to equip children for History at Key Stage 1. Detailed information can be found in our EYFS planning documentation, accessible on the dedicated EYFS curriculum page of this website. 

Curriculum Documentation 

See below in 'KPNS History Curriculum Overview' for:

  • Page 4: History Elements Document - Subject Lens and Second Order concepts of History
  • Page 5-6: Whole school History topic overview and enquiry questions
  • Page 7-21: Subject elements progression for all year groups
  • Pages 22-23: National Curriculum coverage

You will also find examples below of Knowledge Organisers which show the key knowledge we want the children to know and remember.