At Connaught we aim to provide our pupils with an understanding of the significant events throughout a broad time period and allow them to find out more about real life issues and how society has developed over time.
The school’s curriculum is rooted in the solid consensus of the school’s leaders about the knowledge and skills that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life regardless of skill level, background and beliefs. In this way we believe our History curriculum can powerfully address social disadvantage and those children as identified with SEND. The History curriculum at Connaught is an inclusive model which reflects high expectations of academic, vocational and technical ambition for all pupils and does not offer disadvantaged pupils or those with SEND a reduced curriculum. The curriculum we offer our pupils is carefully tailored to give every pupil the opportunity to improve every day.
It is clear what end points the curriculum is building towards and what pupils need to know and be able to do to reach those end points. The school’s History curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable pupils to build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined end points.
The curriculum reflects the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills. Delays and gaps in learning are taken into account in curriculum planning that may have arisen as a result of the pandemic. Lessons delivered remotely are carefully planned and delivered in order to continue to offer a broad curriculum for as long as possible.
We believe our History curriculum provides all pupils with challenge, adventure, intellectual curiosity and a better understanding of how the world as we know it today has developed.
Here is what some of the children at Connaught enjoy about History.
'History is a lot of fun because we learn lots of interesting information about what happened in the past.' Year 3
I like History because we learn about things I didn't know existed like what this country was like during Roman times and hoe they changed Britain.' Year 3
I find this subject really interesting. Discovering different things about the past is fascinating. I didn't know that Bagshot village used to have a swimming pool and a cinema! Year 4
"I like history because it's learning about the past and comparing things to how we live now." Year 4
"My favourite topic has been the English Civil War because I didn't know very much about it before and I didn't know who it was fought between. Now I know all about the Cavaliers and the Roundheads and they had different amounts of money, therefore on different sides!" - Year 5
"I love doing all history topics as it's always fun. My favourite topics were Stone Age, Romans and Ancient Greece. I had great fun with all of them and we do great activities during our history lessons. For example we created role plays during our Ancient Greece topic and we even filmed a short movie when we were in Year 3!" Year 5
'I like history because there is so much to learn and it's interesting to fin out how people lived before they had the modern technologies that we have today.' - Year 6
'I like history because it's interesting to learn about events that happened in the past.' - Year 6
The following are very useful websites to help you support your children with understanding their history topics further.