‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’
At Bader Primary School, we aim to provide children’s diverse understanding of local history, British history and global history and how the world and life as we know it has been affected by the past. We aspire to achieve this by a well-structured, ambitious, progressive and chronological curriculum, which ignites their curiosity, provides them with memorable experiences and encourages them to demonstrate compassion and respect towards events in the past.
Our history curriculum is progressive and based on the National Curriculum guidance and acts as the ‘driver’ in which cross curricular links are made, where appropriate. History topics start off with a ‘Hook’ to engage and excite children about their learning. Topics will end with a ‘Final Flourish’ in which their work is celebrated and parents/carers are invited to share their learning.
In EYFS, children are introduced to the concept of history through their understanding of the world and learning about people and their communities. Children will think about their families and traditions, compare old and new and learn about significant events and how they link to history.
In KS1, children will learn about changes in living memory and beyond living memory. They will develop their knowledge of significant people in the past, become exposed to lines of historical enquiry by exploring a range of sources and begin to ask and answer questions and make comparisons between the past and the present. In KS2, children will build on their chronology skills using timelines and will deepen their skills to compare and contrast different periods of history. Their questioning skills will be developed and encouraged to find answers through effective research and using evidence and a range of primary and secondary sources. By the end of KS2, children will have opportunities to think critically and come to their own conclusions using reliable evidence.
History at Bader has been planned carefully to teach the main historical concepts, which provides our pupils with an overview of the past and as they get older, they will be given the opportunities to analyse it with a critical mind. Class work shows how each lesson is carefully planned to address the overall question of the lesson. Children will have the opportunity to make links to previously studied topics and make comparisons. Children will be enthused by their History topics, through our cross-curricular approach and enrichment activities which immerses them in the period; creating intrigue and enjoyment. Our assessments and monitoring allow us to see the impact of our teaching, guide future planning and ensure that our standards of teaching are high.
The impact of the curriculum is seen in:
- Summative assessment using a key question task to guide teacher judgement
- A range of recording in pupils individual history books
- Discussion with pupils about their learning
- Questioning and enquiry based learning
The First Railway
Captain Cook & other significant figures
Stone Age to Iron Age
Walk like an Egyptian
The Raging Romans
Anglo Saxons and Vikings
Up the Chimneys
World War 1 & 2