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At Scarcroft, our history curriculum is designed to support children to begin to make sense of the world in which they live in today whilst developing an enjoyment and enthusiasm for history. Our children develop a real curiosity for finding out about the past whilst being given opportunities to think critically, ask questions and analyse evidence.

Our history curriculum has a big focus on chronology. Not just where periods sit in history but how civilisations developed and interacted. Children also build their understanding of substantive concepts such as change, significance, society and culture, government and power, and achievements.

By understanding a wide range of local, national and global history from ancient civilisations to modern day, pupils will develop empathy and respect for others. This begins in Reception here children begin to understand their place in the world using stories and learn to talk about their own past.

In Key Stage 1, children investigate how ordinary lives have changed over the last 100 years, learn about the contrasting lives of significant individuals and discover significant events which occurred beyond living memory.

In Key Stage 2, children study:

  • Achievements of early civilizations and an in-depth study of one early civilization.
  • A study beyond 1066.
  • Ancient Greek influences.
  • How Britain has changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
  • The Roman Empire with a focus on Britain.
  • A historical study of York.
  • A study of a non-European society and its contrasts with British history.
  • British settlements and struggles by the Angles, Saxons, Scots and Vikings.

We are lucky to live in such a historic city and learn in a grade II listed building. Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on local history and draws on the local environment, people and resources wherever possible. This greater understanding about their local area gives children a real sense of pride about the area in which they live and greater sense of community, especially as many of our families are new to York.

By the end of Year 6, children have a real love and enthusiasm for history and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue their learning at key stage 3 and beyond.

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