Children at Abacus are historians! From an early age they examine artefacts and sources, generate historical enquiries, evaluate their findings and balance their conclusions based on an unbiased view. We aim to inspire a love of history and to foster a curious and enquiring nature. We know that first-hand evidence and hands on learning enriches the experience of history for children, and they use this to build up a well-rounded view of different time periods and 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. Children have a thorough understanding of chronology and history in context. Units or periods in time are introduced and taught within the context of the wider world so that children can make links between prior learning and to understanding the cause an effect of these may have on each other. Abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘monarchy’ and ‘parliament’ thread through the curriculum at every Key Stage which ensures they have a secure understanding of these across a range of contexts. Our ambitious curriculum takes children beyond the National Curriculum and prepares them well for Key Stage 3
History Implementation and Progression
History is taught across 3 units for every year group. Each unit lasts for 1 half-term and is taught across the whole day on our 'Curriculum Day', every Friday.
In KS2, UK history is taught chronologically to allow children to confidently place each time period. This allows pupils to consistently build on previous knowledge and learning by placing previously taught History topics on a timeline.
As part of our enrichment offer, children will visit an historical site or museum for every unit that they study.