History Rationale:

At Pensilva we provide a high -quality history education that starts pupils on a life long journey of curiosity and inquiry. Our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We are incredibly lucky that our school gets to share in Cornwall’s rich cultural heritage. We ensure that our curriculum offer allows children to learn about, explore and question the history of their local landscape, culture and heritage. 

In our historical learning we encourage pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. Our topic-based curriculum allows children to explore history as part of their ever widening understanding of the world around them and their place in it. 


At the end of KS1 pupils will be able to:

  •         Be aware of the passing of time and have an understanding of history as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. 
  •         To understand where the people and events that they study fit into the chronological framework of time. 
  •         To have an awareness that there are similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. 
  •         To build up a rich bank of historical vocabulary including: chronology, civilisation, empire, features, society and parliament. 
  •         To know that historians use sources to gain an understanding of the past and to begin to use sources themselves and ask and answer questions. 


 At the end of KS2 pupils will be able to:       

  • Have a solid understanding of chronology and place a wide variety of historical events into the narratives of local and world history. 
  •         To be able to describe the features of past societies and make links between the features in different time periods. 
  •         To be able to confidently discuss and explore the reasons for, and results of, events and changes. 
  •         To understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and to approach these sources critically with an understanding that they have varying degrees of accuracy. 
  •         To confidently and accurately use historical vocabulary including: chronology, civilisation, empire, features, society, parliament and invasion.