Meeting OFSTED’s criteria for a good history curriculum at KS1 and 2 during extended transition period

Now that schools have an extra year’s grace from OFSTED to refine their curriculum that is being worked on, it is worth reminding ourselves of the key indicators that inspectors will be exploring.

  • broadening the curriculum to make sure that it is at least as broad, deep and ambitious as the national curriculum

    (so for example, are you teaching elements of the Tudors or the Victorians even though they are not part of the national Curriculum, simply because you feel that pupils need this knowledge. It may well be that your local are is steeped in evidence of changes made in the Victorian period. Or there may be a Tudor palace on your doorstep that children visit with their family. Some schools will want to make Black History month in October a prominent feature of the history curriculum. How about upcoming anniversaries where there will be major media coverage and hence part of cultural capital. There will be lots of resources too. You can predict what these will be)

  • identifying what pupils should know and be able to do by the end of each key stage/year group/term(This is causing many of you particular anxiety as progression in history
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