History and the curriculum


By Rick Weights, published 21st March 2011

Whole School Planning


The English National Curriculum identifies the history that we have to teach. Organising it into a format that makes sense to children and teachers creates challenges. The programme of study for history offers flexibility. Schools can construct a learning sequence most appropriate to them.

Whole school plans for history should:

  • maximise children's historical learning relevant to their needs and development;
  • enhance links to other areas of the curriculum;
  • facilitate a comprehensive understanding of chronology;
  • construct a main sequential narrative of British history;
  • help children develop substantive, factual historical knowledge and concepts;
  • develop key disciplinary skills, processes, protocols and concepts and processes, as well as generic, crosscurricular and inter-personal skills;
  • reinforce textual [reading, writing] and multi-modal [visual literacy +digital, and mixed media] literacies;
  • show how statutory requirements are being met.

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