The Vine Inter-Church

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History at the Vine is designed to help pupils develop a broad range of skills that can be utilised not only in History, but across our broad curriculum and in the wider world.  It is designed for pupils to foster an interest in historical events from across the world as well as developing an understanding for local history and its significance, and developing empathy and understanding for those who lived before us and how it has influenced our lives today. 



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.