At Clapham Manor we encourage our young historians to be able to understand era, society, change and importantly, how history is formed. Our intention is to create thinking, questioning and evaluating young people that have a solid grasp of the chronology and events in ancient, modern, local and world history. Our high-quality history curriculum provides an offer that is relevant and reflective of the community we are a part of.
In the Early Years we want children to have an understanding of their own personal history and understand that some things happened before they were born. Teachers will build on the interests of the children when it comes to historical areas for study, as research shows that working ‘from where the child is’ provides excellent results (Anna Ephgrave, Planning in the Moment, 2018).
By the end of Key Stage One, we want children to have a good grasp of chronology. We aim for children to understand that there were certain historical events and figures that shaped the way we live today and to celebrate many diverse individuals.
By the end of Key Stage Two, we want children to have developed a strong understanding that history can take many forms. We want to upskill children to feel ready and confident to tackle important issues and questions in later life, with a full understanding of how perceptions can shape the narrative of history. We aim for a broader understanding of the ‘big picture’ of the past, by incorporating unit overviews and knitting together learning from past years and making comparison.