The Vine Inter-Church

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The intent of The Vine's History curriculum is to help our pupils develop as 21st century citizens, understanding our world today and how it has been influenced by those before us. Our curriculum also is rooted in our International links; across the school we study a wide range of historical contexts, i.e. the Greeks and the Mayans, which allows the pupils to compare and contrast histories of different cultures. Furthermore, our global values are woven into our History curriculum at The Vine. Each year group focuses on one global value, and history provides a valuable opportunity to address these specific global values and how they may have changed over time. History also allows pupils the chance to think of themselves as a person in the wider world, giving time to consider and investigate what their impact will be and what impact people had before us to shape our world as it is today. Finally, our curriculum links to our Methodist values and encourages the pupils to consider the ways we can ‘do all the good we can’ and reflect on times in history when this has and has not been achieved.



Our well planned History curriculum is designed for pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 6 to have the opportunity to revisit, revise and recap their understanding of a variety of topics. The skills revised through each year in the school are chronology, knowledge and understanding, and historical enquiry. 


Chronology - pupils will develop and build on their chronological understanding of a wide range of historical events, using timelines and using specific chronological vocabulary.


Knowledge and interpretation - in each year group the pupils will study a different topic in History and will investigate this topic by developing their understanding of the way history is presented and building confidence in asking historically valid questions. 


Historical enquiryPupils are encouraged to compare and contrast historical customs and beliefs from one society to another by studying a range of sources. They will be able to link these to their own experiences and make connections in other subjects and how these relate to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and British Values. Open and supplementary questioning utilising Blooms taxonomy ensures that pupils can deepen their understanding by empathising with people and events of the past and analysing their motivation and decisions. In addition, pupils are encouraged to ask their own probing questions and are given opportunities to reflect, discuss and debate with their peers. Time is spent developing historical skills such as interpretation and enquiry. Pupils who demonstrate mastery will: evaluate the reliability of sources, select the most appropriate; and form their own opinions about historical events.




History curriculum links to the Vine Vision


The History Curriculum allows children to think about themselves and the wider world. History helps pupils 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. We seek to understand the past to better understand ourselves (let peace dwell here)

Asking questions and finding answers about the past/future (Let the rooms be full of contentment – happiness/satisfaction) Understand the past to celebrate the present (Let love abide here. Love for one another, love of mankind, love of life itself and love God) Recognise the importance of teamwork/ collaboration throughout history (Let us remember that as many hands build a house, so many hearts make a school)

History curriculum

History action plan 2020-2021

We teach History because it gives pupils the opportunity to reflect on and learn from the past. It teaches pupils where they have come from and therefore who they are. Learning from the past informs the future.

How can children begin to understand society today without understanding who created it? The events and people that shaped who we are today are incredibly important. History gives us the opportunity to study how daily life has changed over the years and what goes into fostering that change. It gives us a sense of identity and can have a huge impact on our future. It is a giant story of joy and struggle and leads  to you, your family and the world around you.