Our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to learn more about the past. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
History is either taught in blocks throughout the year or embedded within the cross-curricular topics. Teachers 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. Our aim is that by the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as; the ancient civilisations of Greece, Egypt and the Mayans.
Cross-curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for, with strong links between the history curriculum and morning English lessons enabling further contextual learning. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. In addition, staff have access to online resources, however, lesson design is not limited by this and is also informed by the need of the pupils. We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. We aim to regularly monitor outcomes to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
Outcomes in topic and English books, aim to evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. . Children record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic.
Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.