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Cranmere Primary and Nursery School


'Study the past and you would define the future.' — Confucius

 “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” Rosa Parks

 The aim of our history curriculum at Cranmere Primary School is to stimulate pupils’ interest and curiosity about the past. History should help build a sense of self, identity and place in the world. Our history curriculum allows children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. Each unit of work is a chapter in the story of the history of Britain and the wider world.

Our history curriculum is both knowledge-rich and coherently sequenced. Knowledge, in the realm of history, will provide pupils not only with substantive knowledge of historical events, dates and people in the past, but also knowledge of substantive concepts in history (such as ‘empire’, ‘monarchy’ and ‘civil war’), and disciplinary historical concepts (such as evidence, causation, significance and interpretation). Opportunities to work with a variety of sources are given regularly and, wherever possible, the pupils are able to handle artefacts and take part in enrichment activities such as workshops and trips.

Our curriculum will introduce the children to a wide variety of men, women and children from the past; from the widely venerated, to the lives of the less well-known who offer us a rich insight into life at the time- from Aristotle to Martin Luther King, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Alan Turning.

We use the Primary Knowledge Curriculum to ensure that our history teaching is carefully sequenced. Developing children's understanding of interlinked disciplinary and substantive concepts is built on over time.