History, as part of the Northway Curriculum, intends to build upon previous success in order to enhance experience and strengthen pupils’ outcomes in the following areas:
• Chronology
• Knowledge and understanding
• Enquiry
• Interpretation

Within the Northway Curriculum, learners will gradually build an awareness of the past and how it has helped shape our lives today. Further to this, a host of historical terms and specialised vocabulary will be learnt in context enabling children to extend their lexica and understanding, permitting them to make sense of material linked to the unit they are studying.

Chronology relates to dates from the past, and the sequence in which they occurred.  Children will gain a chronological understanding of major events that have occurred in Local, British and World History, and will systematically place these dates on a timeline. They will conclude their journey with the ability to discuss and pinpoint the dates of periods of history they have studied; from the beginning of the Paleolithic period, approximated 2.5 million years ago, right up to the present day.

What does progression look like?

Children will begin to use a timeline in Ks1, starting with the introduction of familiar dates in their own lives, working up to an understanding of past events stretching back several
hundred years.

In KS2 pupils are introduced to Prehistoric life and Ancient History, delving into the lives of people and significant events within great civilisations. Along the way, they will place these
periods on a timeline.

Knowledge and Understanding
Children will learn key historical terms within each unit. These are provided on a knowledge organiser, with information regarding significant figures, events and important places.

Each unit provides children to ask questions in order to provide a platform to find out more.  Research, trips and visits, as well as focussed exploration of a subject provide opportunities
for enquiry.

Children will be able to observe and analyse primary and secondary sources and use their knowledge to create their own interpretations of what happened in the past, and it has
affected the present.

What does assessment look like in History?
• Balance Learning used for each objective.
• Each unit starts with a pre-assessment drawing on previous learning.
• Low stakes quizzes used where appropriate.

What are the key building blocks that are needed to be a successful primary
• Year on year progression of ability to add to timeline (chronology focus).
• A concept of what sources and evidence are is gradually progressed so children can
interpret effectively.
• Children are immersed and inspired by enrichment, artefacts and role play in each

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