At St. James, we use Kapow Primary's History Scheme as the basis for our lessons. Its aim is to inspire pupils to become curious and creative thinkers who develop a deep understanding of local and national history, as well as the history of the wider world. We want pupils to gain the confidence to think critically, ask questions, and explain and analyse historical evidence. Our goal is to expose children to a diverse range of societies, fostering empathy and an appreciation for the complexity of people's lives. These skills are taught through various time periods and concepts to develop a stronger sense of chronology. All of this contributes to children becoming inquisitive historians.
The Kapow Primary History Scheme, used at St. James across KS1 and KS2 units, is organised around inquiry-based questions. Children are encouraged to follow the inquiry cycle (Question, Investigate, Interpret, Evaluate, and Conclude, Communicate) when addressing historical questions. Over the course of the scheme, children develop their understanding of the following key disciplinary concepts:
These concepts will be encountered in various contexts during the study of local, British, and world history. In EYFS, children explore the concept of history by reflecting on key experiences from their own past, helping them understand that they each have their own histories. Then, they engage in activities to compare and contrast characters from stories, including historical figures, deepening their understanding of how individual lives fit into broader historical narratives. St. James' spiral curriculum ensures that these themes and concepts are revisited and embedded in other subjects such as English and Art and Design. We also enrich children's experiences through organised workshops and school trips to bring History to life.
The expected impact of following the Kapow History scheme of work is that children will: