History Curriculum Statement
Our intent is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and text rich curriculum that allows them to develop as confident responsible citizens equipped with the skills that will allow them to be successful in our ever-changing world, both in the present and the future.
We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities (memorable experiences) to engage learners and develop their cultural capital which has been recognised as essential if children are to succeed.
We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with independent learning skills.
We are fully committed to developing each child's unique potential within a secure and caring environment.
Within history, we believe that children should develop an understanding and a love of people and events in the past. Our history curriculum is designed to encourage children to ask and enquire about the past.
History is embedded in the processes and people around us that form our environment as well as wider events in British and World history. We want our pupils to develop a deep understanding of the past, alongside an understanding of how to research into past events. By providing pupils with the key knowledge, we enable them to develop the skills required to understand and navigate the past.
Our pupils leave with all of the knowledge and skills required to be competent and enthusiastic historians. Our curriculum has been rigorously planned, with the support of Chris Trevor, a national advisor for History, to ensure that the knowledge children have is built upon not only each year, but each term and within every history lesson. Knowledge within our history curriculum is split into chronological order, knowledge and interpretation and historical enquiry, These are mapped out across the year groups to ensure progression.
From this knowledge, children can also develop the key skills in each strand of the history curriculum. These skills are applied during lesson and during memorable experience visits.
History is taught through blocks which supports children to develop mastery of the subject. Children working at greater depth are able to revisit their learning and delve deeper into the topic.
At the beginning of each topic, initial assessments are completed to determine prior knowledge and ensure that progression is consistent. Children are involved in the planning process through child led planning and this is used to inform teachers’ planning and guarantee that learning is driven by children’s interests. This further develops their enthusiasm for the topic. Knowledge organisers are completed by the children as they develop through the subject and this along with quizzes, assessments and end of topic reflection pages support the children in retaining information.
As well as monitoring of attainment, the impact of effective history teaching is clear in the children’s ability to apply their knowledge..
National Curriculum Objectives
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