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History

Curriculum Leader - Miss Becca Brown 

Intent

At St. Mary's C of E Primary Academy we want all our children in history to:

  • Learn as much as possible by developing a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
  • Ignite curiosity to find out more about the past by asking perspective questions, thinking critically in relation to historical evidence and being able to weigh up the usefulness of different sources.
  • Show humility by reflecting thoughtfully upon how people’s lives have changed over time and the reasons why. This will allow our children to take on the world by understanding that change is a normal part of growing and life. 

Implementation

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. We ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. We do this by:

  • New policy
  • New and carefully designed curriculum to reflect the curriculum, our locality and our pupils’ interests.
  • Vocabulary spine
  • Skills sheet for each key stage to show progression across the whole of the primary years.
  • A simple knowledge organiser for all staff containing key documents that can be referred to during the planning process.
  • Develop a new form of assessment to be used across foundation subjects. Concise, but informative. Designed in a way to support learners and track progression but to help teachers with work life balance.

Within lessons:

Fun and engaging lessons

Real life experiences and trips to consolidate learning/ provide engaging hook

Challenging questions, debates and arguments

Fun quiz to assess attainment.

 

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at St Mary’s are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future. Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Through using our skills sheets, we can ensure we are assessing our pupils accurately and plug any gaps from the previous year of the children who are assessed as WTS.  In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Pupil voice – enjoyment & engagement.
  • Individual assessment – skills sheets and WTS, EXS or GD class overview
  • Subject leader – enrichment for different groups of pupils identified.