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Our Curriculum

Rationale: At Hassocks Infant School we believe that learning about history provides children with a deeper understanding of the world around them. Our history curriculum is designed to encourage children to explore and learn from past events, people and societies, helping them to better understand how we got to where we are today. By providing children with the tools and knowledge they need to explore and learn from past events, we are equipping them to navigate their way through the world with greater wisdom and insight.

Our Approach:

Our history curriculum approach focus' on three themes that underpin our teaching: events, changes, and significant individuals. We aim to facilitate the progression of knowledge by building on what children learn in early years and throughout Key Stage 1. Our curriculum is designed to help children develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analysis skills to gain a comprehensive understanding of history. Key vocabulary is selected for each topic and developed throughout the unit. Children will explore continuity and change, similarities and differences, and historical interpretations and significance through "big questions" about the past. These questions are presented in a series of sequential parts for children to explore and consider. By the end of each unit, they will have acquired the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding, to answer these questions effectively. Our engaging and accessible curriculum is intended to instil in them a lifelong love of learning and a deep appreciation of the importance of history.

Supporting all Children: 

History helps pupils prepare for the future, giving them knowledge and skills which will support them right into adulthood and it is important that all children are given every opportunity to engage with the subject in a meaningful and accessible way.   Children learn best when they are able to succeed and this is why our curriculum can be tailored to support all children to achieve, and feel proud of their personal learning journey.  Some of the ways we adapt and cater for individual learning needs are set out in our Supporting Available Practice document.  For more information, please click on the associated link.