We offer a structure and sequence of lessons through the Five Es of enquiry: engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. Each enquiry is derived from the four key historical concepts: significance, cause and change, similarities and difference, evidence and interpretation. Within this structured approach, a series of lessons ensures to provide pupils with the necessary disciplinary knowledge. The National Curriculum states that ‘a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’ Through effectively adapting the Cornerstones programme, Thames View Junior School’s history curriculum delivers on this mission and ensures that, alongside world and British history, pupils are exposed to enquiries which probe the historical development of the local area. History is delivered through subject specific teaching organised into either driver or passenger subjects. This allows pupils to effectively build up their knowledge through sustained and sequenced learning. Overall, the Wider-Curriculum programme is aligned with the literacy delivery which strengthens connections and understanding for pupils. In addition to this, tiered vocabulary is embedded through a ‘vocabulary target board’. This enables pupils to effectively utilise subject-specific vocabulary across the curriculum and further enhances historical understanding.


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