From Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks Grow
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The Intent and implementation of our History curriculum.
We want to equip pupils with knowledge about their local history, the history of Britain and how it has been influenced by the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history and develop enquiring minds in a supportive environment. We intend to develop this not just through classroom experiences but also through fieldwork, educational visits and celebrating historical landmarks within the local and wider community, threading our school values throughout.
History is taught through a two year cycle as detailed in our school long term plan. We develop key historical skills and knowledge, interrogating texts and evidence and build upon this each year. The teaching of history begins within living memory and progresses to beyond living memory as children gain a greater understanding of history. From this, links are made between different time periods from which comparisons and inferences can then be made.
We believe the quality of education in history should be as good as every other subject and strive for excellence. Key concepts such as ‘invasion, settlement, evidence, legacy, reliability, chronology, civilisation and cause and effect are revisited at key points to ensure children's understanding of these deepens over time.
We also believe that history should include valuable experiences such as trips and visitors, application of speaking, reading and writing as well as links to other areas of the curriculum such as art and music.
Children's knowledge, skills and understanding in History are checked through the use of assessments at the start and end of each unit and the use of knowledge webs.
Children will know more, understand more and remember more about History. They will reach age appropriate expectations and retain historical knowledge through skills taught through a variety of subjects and mediums. We will know this form questioning them on skills they have developed; work scrutiny and the animated way in which pupils discuss and celebrate historical topics within school.