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At Christopher Rawlins, we believe that a wide and varied history curriculum will enable children to develop a deeper understanding of how people’s lives have shaped the world around them. By exploring wider historical concepts, which are woven through our planning, within the context of significant periods and placing these within a coherent chronological narrative, pupils will be able to make meaningful connections between different historical periods and the present day. In order to inspire pupils’ curiosity we offer them opportunities to explore different methods of historical enquiry including firsthand experiences with historical sources.

Characteristics of a Historian:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.

  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.

  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.

  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 

  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 

  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.

History long term plan and progression of skills

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