At Horizon, we believe that the history curriculum should enable our children to build a knowledge and understanding of the past which will stimulate their curiosity to know more about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children learn how to work as historians, developing their skills to think critically, ask questions, think deeply about evidence and draw conclusions from this. Our curriculum will endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and beliefs as well as appreciating their own identity and the challenges in their time.
The National Curriculum states 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. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.” Therefore, the foundations of the history curriculum are underpinned by the key concepts of power, civilisation, conflict, movement and migration. Children progressively build their understanding of these key concepts through interconnected secondary concepts which include chronology, handling evidence; cause and consequence; historical enquiry; historical significance and similarities and differences. Topics are carefully planned, informed by the National Curriculum and sequenced in an order that develops a strong sense of the key concepts over time.