Curriculum Intent

We feel that all children should have a broad understanding of the past and how it has shaped the world we live in today. Historical developments, both technologically and socially, have directly affected our current world, and we believe that children should know where developments have come from and how the actions of nations and individuals have brought about change. Our local and wider area is rich with historical significance to our present day country, and through local links with museums and archaeological societies, we aim to  ‘bring history alive’ and enrich the knowledge of our pupils through inspiration history lessons. 

Curriculum Implementation

At Istead Rise we have planned our history curriculum using the National Curriculum aims and requirements and we teach history lessons weekly during specific terms, with the other terms being dedicated to geography. During history lessons, pupils work both independently and in groups towards a common goal. They will explore various topics throughout their time with us and will gain an in-depth understanding of these thanks to carefully planned learning sequences which allow children to build upon their knowledge as the lessons progress. With an emphasis on developing enquiry skills, research, empathy and factual knowledge and understanding - a creative approach is taken by teachers to ensure that our history curriculum is engaging, relevant and memorable.

Within each key stage’s programme of study, lessons have been designed to include three strands across all year groups; Chronological Understanding, Knowledge and Understanding of Key Individuals / Events and Historical Enquiry Skills. We seek to challenge their thinking, and allow them to explore their learning creatively in every lesson. Teachers strive to ignite a passion and excitement which will encourage children to develop their interest in history.

The children are provided with hands-on educational experiences with the help of the County Museum Learning Team. The school works closely with the museum’s Head of Learning to create and deliver bespoke handling opportunities of artefacts and workshops, alongside additional meaningful visits, trips and visitors.  The school also uses the wider community, local historians and experts, to inspire pupils’ curiosity and to allow pupils to reach their full potential in history lessons through contacts with local archaeological societies.