At Porthleven School we aim to offer a high-quality History education that has our curriculum drivers of ‘world Citizens’, ‘Resilient Individuals’, ‘Respectful Communicators’ and ‘Healthy Advocates’ at the heart of everything we do.

Not only do we want to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past , it is important as World Citizens to develop an understanding of the wider world and Britain’s and Cornwall’s place
within that wider context. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to be ‘respectful communicators’ ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. We believe pupils need learn about ‘resilience’ through studying individuals that have overcome great obstacles and troubles such as ‘Walter Tull’ the first British Caribbean footballer, Mary Seacole and the Shackleton expedition. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum

Cornwall and our local area of the Lizard Peninsula have historically had a huge impact on the history of this country and the wider world. Pupils will learn about the mining and export of tin from the bronze age to the
‘Great Emigration’ of Cornish Miners, the development of world leading communications and how innovators such as Guglielmo Marconi, William Cookworthy, and Richard Trevithick shaped history.

Curriculum statement for the teaching and learning of History

Substantive Concepts – Long term History Overview

History Sticky Knowledge