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Independent life-long learners SCHOOL AIMS

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Curriculum Intent

History is taught through our Dorridge Primary Curriculum over an extensive range of units. Through fun, creative and engaging lessons, our children learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn key skills such as how to look at a range of sources of information to help them investigate the past in depth. This is a skill that will go with them through life and the children love the opportunity to be a detective during their history lessons. To support their learning, a range of trips, visits and visitors are arranged to provide experiential and engaging learning opportunities.

We see History as not just facts and dates but an opportunity for pupils to become detectives by exploring the past in an exciting way. History enables our children to compare and contrast events, people and cultures, to examine why and how things have changed, to learn about historical figures and develop their research skills. We encourage children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who begin to understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to their modern life. We provide first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and exciting visits.

Curriculum Implementation

During their journey through school, the children will follow the age-related expectations for History set out in the National Curriculum. The DPC units completed by each year group allow the children to investigate a variety of significant people, places and events from the United Kingdom and across the world. The skills the children learn from their very first History lesson are used and developed throughout the school which is paramount and ensures progression. Children will begin to use their knowledge to make links between different events and cultures in the world using subject-specific vocabulary.

Below is a list of external website links. Please look at these to discover more about different areas of History. Some of the links provide fun and exciting ideas for days out which will provide the children with historical facts and will allow them to explore and investigate the past. Please note that, as these are external sites, it is possible that they may change or disappear without warning!

Supporting Websites - Explore historical places near you and around the country


KS2 BBC - - Children can explore different eras of history through the much loved programme ‘Horrible Histories’