History in our school is taught through a topic approach so children can develop depth in their learning. The topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.
Subject leaders have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. The Key Performance Indicators detail how each of the foundational skills within History should be revisited and developed as the children progress through the school. By the end of year 6 children within our school will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Egyptians.
- Reflect on historical knowledge to understand other contexts
By gaining historical perspective the children will place their growing knowledge into different context, understanding the connections between local, national and global history. They will also understand connections between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.
- Build resilience in the search for evidence to make historical claims
Children will develop their ability to understand the different methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- Develop their skills in literacy and numeracy
Children will develop a range of cross curricular skills when learning through the study of History. They will read and analyse evidence from a range of sources. They will create historically valid questions and their own structured accounts including written narrative and analysis. They will also develop their understanding of chronology.
- Use historical vocabulary to engage in quality dialogue
Children will gain and deploy a range of relevant historical terminology. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning, including subject specific vocabulary, is linked to previous learning. Subject leaders have identified the key vocabulary that needs to be taught and embedded as the children move throughout the school.
- Respects and celebrate the history of all cultures
Children will respect how the lives of significant individuals in the past have contributed to national and international achievements and social changes.
- Know and remember significant facts from history
Children will know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative. They will also know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world. They will make links between aspects of History studied to develop their chronological understanding as they move throughout the school.
- Be curious and ask questions about the past
Children will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference. They will use this understanding to make connections, draw contrast, analyse trends and ask historically valid questions and create their own structured account.
- Be inspired to learn
We aim to build and promote an atmosphere in which history lessons provide opportunities for children to explore, discover and interact with the world in which they live and understand how it came to be the way it is. Children will engage with a wide range of resources and wherever possible lessons should include practical elements.
In each year group, as much as possible, learning is enhanced through trips and visitors to the school to give children first-hand learning experiences in order to bring history to life. Children are able to handle artefacts and are encouraged to ask questions about them in order to be able to draw their own conclusions.
The assessment of children's learning in History is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and historical enquiry skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
History is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book looks and by observing work in other forms and areas such as displays and history projects and performances. Conversations with groups of pupils from across the whole school will also take place, where the children will discuss their learning and understanding with the subject leader to help establish the impact of the teaching taking place. In these meetings, the use of appropriate historical vocabulary should be evident and show clear progression from year group to year group. These meetings will also offer the children a chance to share their enjoyment for the subject and discuss any changes they would like to see within the teaching and learning of history in our school.