We aim to give children a high-quality history education which will help them gain an understanding of the past and develop key historical skills. We encourage children to think critically and examine evidence and arguments in order to develop their own judgement and opinion. Our history curriculum also gives children the opportunity to compare and contrast life in the past and to examine why and how things have changed.
We help our children to gain the Historical skills below:
Curiosity: pupils ask and answer questions about the past, investigating key people and events from different points in History.
Investigation: pupils will collect and record information from primary and / or secondary sources, analysing data and presenting results appropriately to their intended audience.
Articulate: The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings. Pupils will be able to make reasoned judgements and justifications.
The History curriculum has undergone several changes and these will be implemented across school in September 2020. Our History curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills across all the year groups. We measure the impact of our History curriculum using the following methods:
- Each historical topic focuses on 5 main themes – transport, religion, food, clothing and homes. These themes are taught within topics and used as comparisons to other topics to help deepen children’s understanding of different periods in History. It promotes the term ‘sticky knowledge’ and they can use the information learnt from one topic to build on their understanding of another topic.
- A skills and rationale document has been provided for teachers to ensure that the skills taught are progressive and are highlighted on planning documents.
Each teacher has the knowledge expectations for the topic(s) they teach and use this to inform planning.
- The use of knowledge mats that are knowledge specific to help children assess their own learning and be aware of the expectations. Teachers also use these as coverage checkers and aids for planning.
- Assess if children have met or not met the expected knowledge requirements for the topic that is taught. This assessment is passed onto the next year group teacher to inform them of children’s historical understanding and to plan and differentiate accordingly.
- Interviewing staff and children to gain their views on the teaching and learning of History and make appropriate adaptations/changes. Moderations of books are carried out to ensure that the work and marking is to a high standard.
- Stimulating environments that celebrate the knowledge and skills the children have demonstrated throughout the topic they have been studying.
- Interesting and exciting trips, or visitors, related to the current topic to allow children to use and build on the knowledge and skills they have gained and have a ‘hands on’ experience in a different setting or using a range of different resources.