At Elms School we offer and deliver a high-quality History curriculum across the school, from Key Stage 1 all the way through to Key Stage 4. This enables all of our pupils to acquire key knowledge and to develop a range of skills throughout their studies. It encourages them to think beyond their everyday experiences, considering what life was like for others, whilst developing their reasoning and enquiry skills. This curriculum is formed from guidance from within the National Curriculum. Additionally, Fundamental British Values are encompassed within the teaching and learning of History across the school.
In Primary, pupils focus on what life was like in the past, beginning in Key Stage 1 with local historical events and ways of life, and broadening to studying wider British History by Key Stage 2. Pupils learn to recall and order key events in recent times, as well as beyond living memory. They are taught to make their own plausible judgements about the past and understand causes and consequences for specific actions.
In Secondary, pupils may study History as part of their Key Stage 4 Humanities option. This forms part of the Humanities qualification pathway which pupils will work towards in order to gain Functional Skills or Entry Level qualifications. As part of these qualification pathways pupils are taught a range of topics and are supported with developing and demonstrating a wide range of enquiry-based skills.
The planning and teaching of the subject content for History is regularly reviewed to ensure that learning is suitably differentiated, relevant and engaging for the needs of all learners.