“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”

Lord Acton

At Hempland, our history curriculum provides the stepping stones for pupils to understand the history of the UK and the significant aspects of history of the wider world as a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest times to the present day.
It is the story of our lives – what is news today will be history tomorrow!

What History looks like at Hempland

  • All children engage in historical enquiry relating to the UK and the wider world.
  • Educational visits out of school.
  • Inspiring visitors and activities such as Stone Age Day and Titanic Day allow us to have an immersive approach to our history teaching.
  • Two areas of history are taught explicitly each year.
  • Explicit history teaching is supplemented by cross-curricular links.

How we entwine History with our Hempland school values

Respect

Children begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own identity and challenges of time. Children consider and respect how different people have shaped our world as it is today.

Opportunity

As well as learning about the history of Britain and the Wider World, children have the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of their locality and learn about the important role York has played in many key moments in history. Children enjoy inspiring educational visits out and immersive events involving visitors in school.

Ambition

Children develop the ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences. They gain the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. These are valuable, transferable skills to take with them into their continuing education and life.

Resilience

Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop judgement. They develop the skills to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others views using historical evidence from a range of sources. We foster a desire to embrace challenging activities including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

How we know our History curriculum is successful

  • Children will gain an understanding of Britain’s past up to 1066.
  • Children will gain an understanding of the history of the wider world.
  • Children will gain an understanding of social history.
  • Children will have a more balanced view of the present.
  • Children will be able to answer questions about the past and it’s impact on today.
  • Children will take part in a wide range of inspiring, motivating but also educational activities which support the subject knowledge received in History.
  • Children will have a positive view of the study of History.