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We expect every child to understand their place in history. Their investigations into the past show how their actions affect the future and inspire them to follow in the footsteps of famous historical figures. Our pupils leave us with the confidence to think critically, ask questions and able to explain and analyse historical evidence.

Through our teaching of History, we aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time. History will support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups. Studying History allows children to appreciate the many reasons why people behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for others while providing an opportunity to learn from past mistakes. Kapow Primary's History scheme aims to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of history.

In order to prepare pupils for their future learning in History, our scheme aims to introduce them to key substantive concepts including power, invasion, settlement and migration, empire, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of humankind, society and culture.

Each unit builds and highlights the prior learning which is key to embedding the knowledge and skills children need to develop. For example, the unit in Year 6 - ‘Unheard Histories: Who should be on the banknote?’ is linked to the same skills and knowledge in ‘How have children’s lives changed?’ in Year 4, which again links back to the Year 2 unit ‘How was school different in the past?’ This allows teachers to look back at previous assessments and ensure children revisit areas they need to develop as they continue through the curriculum.

Our pupils leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education. They are enquiring learners who ask questions and make suggestions about where to find the evidence to answer the question. They are critical and analytical thinkers, able to make informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.