History – curriculum information

Intent

• We will aim to inspire our children to have a curiosity about the past and develop a love of history.

• From EYFS to the end of KS2 the children will learn about a range of historical events and significant historical figures, some of which have shaped the world today.

• To develop a sense of chronology and note connections, contrasts and trends over time.

• Children can speak more confidently about History.

• Parents to be more engaged with the curriculum, which will help them to support the children’s learning and interest

Implementation

• Revisit and consolidate skills by building on prior knowledge to create links from previous learning.

• Use hooks to engage children, such as artefacts, dressing up days, educational visits and visitors, to give the children real-life experiences to enhance their cultural capital.

• Involve families and the local community to bring history to life.

• Focussed History weeks to allow the children to become immersed in the topic.

• We provide a language rich curriculum that is progressive throughout school and which focuses on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.

• Children develop deep subject knowledge and key skills through cross-curricular learning with differentiated activities and a range of resources to engage and inspire all abilities.

• In Key Stage 1, the History Curriculum is taught on a 2-year rolling programme, whilst in Key stage 2, it is taught on a 4-year rolling programme, with all classes learning the same units at the same time. This is to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum due to mixed year groups. To ensure differentiation, we follow a progression of skills document.

Impact

  • We aim to create a supportive and collaborative learning environment where children can learn through enquiry and investigation
  • Assessment of the impact of the curriculum is measured through a variety of methods including:

-Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.

-Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.

-Children’s reflections on their learning in relation to their starting points at the end of every topic

-Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

-Marking of written work in books.

-The scrutiny of pupils’ books, evidencing a broad and balanced curriculum and demonstrating that children have acquired key knowledge and skills

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