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The core of our History curriculum is the statutory National Curriculum. We build our school curriculum upon this and reference our local area wherever possible. Our curriculum is designed on a base of skills and knowledge that we want our children to learn in History. We then deliver these skills and knowledge through our topics, which we select to excite and motivate our young children.

The curriculum map ensures that History is taught in a logical sequence and makes links with the children’s previous learning across the school. We have developed a set of ‘I can’ statements that the children will cover across Year 1 and Year 2. This allows them to build on their skills across the year groups.

We want our children to develop a good awareness of the past, learn where people and the events that we explore fit in within a chronological timeline and start to recognise some similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods of history. We want them to learn to ask and answer questions about the past, developing their analytical thinking as they progress through their time at Ashcroft, and to gain a wide variety of experiences, both in and out of the classroom.