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“The more you know about the past,
the better prepared you are for the future.”
Our History curriculum encourages children’s independent and critical thinking skills, ensuring all children have the opportunity to use their initiative when enquiring about the past. Children develop sensitivity and respect when learning about significant events and individuals from the past, including the contributions made by people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Learning about these significant individuals inspires children to think about the many different possibilities available to them.
In Key Stage 2, our children are able to use their historical knowledge and vocabulary effectively when completing cross-curricular writing tasks.
The intention of our historical experience days is to promote children’s enjoyment of history and allow history to ‘come alive’ for our pupils.
Mastery in history is achieved through a deepening of pupil knowledge around the common threads (or themes) from the past, alongside the development of historical enquiry skills with an increasing level of complexity.
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History is planned and taught within topics. When planning history lessons, teachers use the progression of skills and knowledge document, National Curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials resources. The coverage of history across the school is progressive. Teachers use the progression of skills and knowledge documents to ensure they are building on prior learning when planning and teaching history. This enables teachers to see which skills and knowledge have been taught already and the skills and knowledge they need to focus on. The skills and knowledge within the history curriculum are organized into threads which clearly build across throughout a child’s time in school. These threads enable learning to be organized more coherently and links in teaching and learning to be more explicit.
What does a typical history lesson look like?
Within a history module, teachers ensure to include at least one historical enquiry. They also plan in opportunities for children to engage in artefact handling. Work is adapted to meet the needs of all of our learners and ensures that all learners can access the same rich history curriculum. An example of this, is the use of picture based sources alongside written sources enabling all learners to succeed.
History lessons promote the development of skills alongside knowledge, building upon lessons as the module progresses. Teachers use the Key Stage History website to help them with their enquiry planning, the artefact boxes sent by the library service help us to source artefacts for their modules alongside the artefact boxes we have created within school.
Teachers also plan opportunities for children to experience trips, such as to the Bosworth Battle field, and to experience ‘topic days’ including inviting visitors and actors from the wider community to share history knowledge and understanding with pupils. Teachers plan for children to ask questions as historians and write as historians.