Children at Kennall Vale will develop a love and curiosity for the past through a History curriculum that builds upon important skills and encourages pupils to ask questions and think critically. Expert teaching will ensure children build a secure chronological understanding of British history and that of the wider world. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Children will learn about the history of our local area, from exploring the physical changes in the village of Ponsanooth to the rich mining history of Cornwall.
History at Kennall Vale follows the National Curriculum to ensure a broad and progressive coverage for all children in Years 1-6. Children in EYFS will explore History through the Early Learning Goal; Understanding the World. Key Stage History is used as a resource to support delivery of engaging lessons; enabling children to develop their substantive knowledge and disciplinary skills. Children will have the opportunity to experience trips and visitors to enhance their learning, understanding and love of History. Children will also be exposed to a range of historical sources and artefacts through links with the local archive centre; Kresen Kernow and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The History subject leader will monitor the teaching of History through observations and book scrutinies, and develop teacher’s subject knowledge through termly staff meetings.
Children will develop a curiosity about the past, whilst learning and applying important skills. Children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past. They will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in. Through History, children will learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed. A progression in skills and vocabulary will be evident in individual curriculum books as well as in class floor books.