History

At HA history is taught through cross curricular topics using the International Primary Curriculum. It contributes significantly towards the cultural, spiritual and moral education of our pupils and the development of British Values by broadening children’s understanding of society and their place in it.


The new National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales


Planning
History units are planned using the International Primary Curriculum to ensure a progressive build up of skills across the school and a broad and rich range of topics.
For more detail on computing topics taught, please see our Year Group Curriculum maps.


Community Links
At HA we take children into their community or invite members of the community into school in order to bring their learning alive and allow experts to be involved in their learning. In computing, we are looking forward to making links with some some local businesses oce we move into our new site to support in this area.


Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning plays a vital role in all areas of our curriculum. In history, the outdoors may be used to create giant timelines and order events chronologically or to practise Victorian ‘drill’. 


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Harpenden

Hertfordshire

AL5 4EN

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