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The Poplars Curriculum-History


History is all around us. The study of history ignites pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why       the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, pupils understand how the past influences the present. History enables our pupils to develop a context for their growing sense of identity, of their own historical heritage and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. This leads to our pupils giving value to their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. By considering how the past can influence the present as well as the future, our pupils are better able to make their own life choices today. At Poplars Farm, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of what has occurred before.

The big ideas in history: 

UNDERSTAND SOCIETY: The events and people that shaped who we are, where we live and how we live today are of great importance.

UNDERSTAND CHANGE History allows us to look into what causes change. Through the study of ‘Poplars biggest ideas’, pupils build their knowledge year on year on key changes linked to such aspects as migration, slavery, culture contact, conquest and tyrants. Our pupils find out how daily life has changed over the years, hopefully for the better.

PROVIDES A SENSE OF IDENTITY As people, we are intrigued to know where they came from, to develop a sense of belonging and identity. At Poplars Farm, we believe that our pupils should actively seek their own historical journey and cultural identity, they need to hear stories from their elders, preserve them, and pass them down to future generations. Our past can have a huge impact on our future.

HELP US BE BETTER PEOPLE.  Through the study of history, our pupils  have a better understanding of the world and what shaped it into the world it is today. By looking back, our pupils are in a stronger position to make their own positive life choices, choices impacting family, community and the world.


History is taught in an engaging, interactive and meaningful way to develop the skills of inquiry, critical thinking,  analysis, interpretation and problem solving and to become familiar with various historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities and differences, and others. 

Please continue reading the full History K&S progression document here


Pupils are assessed by making informal judgements during each lesson and through the formal marking process following our school’s marking policy.

In addition:

  • Pupil discussions/interviews about their learning, for example through the use of learning process review sheets 

  • Images and videos of the pupils learning and outcomes

  • The class floor books 

  • Classroom display

  • Moderation within curriculum teams. For example: books, pupil interviews

  • Numbers of pupils in Key Stage 2 attending the weekly Art Club

  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum (tracking through OTrack) and to Parents

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