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Great Kimble Church of England School

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As explained on our curriculum webpage, our history curriculum is based on Jonathan Lear’s ‘Guerrilla Curriculum’ idea. In the autumn term, we teach history and this is our ‘Discover’ term. At Great Kimble, our history curriculum aims to inspire pupils to be curious (show a love of learning) and creative thinkers, who develop a complex knowledge of local and national history and the history of the wider world (live through other's experiences). We want pupils to develop the confidence to think critically, ask questions, and be able to explain and analyse historical evidence (learn). Through our scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time. History will support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups. Studying history allows children to appreciate the many reasons why people may behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for others while providing an opportunity to learn from mankind’s past mistakes.

Our history curriculum aims to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology in each class, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of history. We hope to develop pupils’ understanding of how historians study the past and construct accounts and the skills to carry out their own historical enquiries. In order to prepare pupils for their future learning in History, our scheme aims to introduce them to key substantive concepts including power, invasion, settlement and migration, empire, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of humankind, society and culture. Our history curriculum enables pupils to meet the end of Key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those set out in the National curriculum.


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The impact of the Kapow history scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Furthermore, each unit has a skill catcher and knowledge assessment quiz which can be used at the end of the unit to provide a summative assessment. Pupils should leave Great Kimble equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education. They will be enquiring learners who ask questions and can make suggestions about where to find the evidence to answer the question. They will be critical and analytical thinkers who are able to make informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past and most importantly, they will be pupils who love history.





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