Our approach to History

Intent of curriculum:

Our school vision ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’, demonstrates our goal, which is, to strive for every pupil to be ready to learn, fulfil their potential, develop resilience, work in partnership with each other, be a responsible citizen, have value and respect each other. The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in children’s ability to learn and achieve, which is why at Poplar we weave this through school life and our curriculum. We foster the ideals of our pupils having their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.

The History curriculum, at Poplar Primary School, aims to enthuse children with an intellectual curiosity to discover the events of the past. Our goal is that all pupils know and understand the history of the United Kingdom as a coherent, chronological narrative in addition to developing a deep interest in significant aspects and episodes of history. Children will begin to demonstrate an understanding of historical concepts, such as cause and consequence, before using them to make connections, draw contrasts, and ask historically valid questions. All pupils will also develop their historical enquiry skills, including an awareness of how evidence, both primary and secondary, is used, allowing them to form their own reasoned conclusions as responsible, well-informed citizens. We investigate how and why the world has changed as well as what we can learn from the past to make the future a better place. British Values are woven into the history curriculum promoting values such as Mutual Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty. Within our curriculum we are also ensuring children know where each piece of History taught fits on the timeline in relation to each other.