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Fernhurst Primary School


At Fernhurst, our history is designed to ensure that our pupils understand the society in which they live and equality and diversity.  We study key historical figures that have influenced society as well as looking at key historical events that have impacted the society in which we live so that we can learn from the past to inform the future.

Our pupils will form a history schema* by using concepts as the basis for schema. We call these threshold concepts; these are the big ideas which form the basis for the subject schema. We will continually revisit these concepts throughout the entire curriculum, in every year group, in every history topic. In history the threshold concepts are related to:

KS1: Britain through time, The expansion and dissolution of empires and Significant people through time.

KS2: Britain through time, The expansion and dissolution of empires and The wider world.

We strengthen the schema with knowledge. The knowledge comes from our topics. Within each topic are knowledge categories, the facets of each threshold concept that helps to strengthen the schema. We further deep connections through tasks. This is what is developed through our planning.  

*Schema – A subject schema is a way of organising knowledge in a meaningful way; it is an appreciation of how facts are connected and the ways in which they are connected. A schema is distinct from information, which is just isolated facts that have no organisational basis or links.