At Manaccan School, we are committed to providing a primary history curriculum that is underpinned by our three curriculum drivers: aspiration, curiosity, and diversity.Our history curriculum aims to capture, celebrate and share the stories of our ancestors and significant people and places within our corner of Cornwall, as well as events further afield.


“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt  


At Manaccan School, we believe that history is a fundamental part of understanding the diverse world around us and our place in it. It is through the study of our history curriculum that our students gain valuable insights into the past, which in turn helps them make sense of the present and navigate the challenges of the future. We inspire our students to become historians of their: own lives; their family’s; their locality’s; to explore the rich tapestry of human experiences, and to be curious and learn from the lessons of the past. 



We aim for our children to develop a curiosity and fascination to find out more about our local past and that of Britain’s and the wider world. We strive to ensure all children have a fundamental understanding of key periods in history and to learn to ask appropriate questions about why things happen in the past and the impact of those events. Our teaching equips pupils with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children will learn about ancient civilisations and empires, changes in living memory and beyond living memory, learn about the lives of significant people and events in the past.


In Nursery and Reception, History is incorporated within the 'Understanding of the World' strand under the EYFS programme of study. Children will develop their understanding of the past and now. They learn about their lives and their family history.  They will begin to develop their understanding of change and aging when talking about their family members. Children will compare and contrast characters from stories including figures from the past such as kings, queens, and famous people that provide the foundations for historical concepts.


Key Stage One and Two:

We ensure that sufficient time is given to History, in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. The History curriculum is coherent and shows progression, allowing time for children to take inspiration from the world around them, both locally and further afield.

Children learn about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. They will also study the lives of significant individuals who have made contributions to national and international achievements.  They learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and they identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.  This continues with children continuing to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. 




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