What is the intent of our History curriculum?
At St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School, we want to equip children with a curiosity of learning. Through our History curriculum, we want to inspire children to question and understand the world we live in and to make connections as to how the world today has been shaped by pervious events. Our curriculum has been crafted to encourage and support the children to find out more about both recent and distant history, from a local, national and global perspective. Through our curriculum, we will provide our children with dates, facts and primary and secondary sources. To aid understanding, written, pictorial and oral sources, as well as artefacts will be used and encouraged. This will enable to children to ask the question ‘why?’ building a natural curiosity, which, over time will enable children to link their historical knowledge, processes and events. These skills will then ensure the children can formulate constructive arguments and the validity of evidence so they can formulate their own ideas, independently.
Across their time at St Margaret’s we will layer prior learning with new knowledge. We are working towards weaving conceptual threads throughout our curriculum. It is through this we layer our learning. Each time we revisit a concept the understanding grows and knowledge deepens. As their journey continues through KS2, the children will begin to understand both causes and consequences.
Learning will be understood in a chronological sense, however, it will not be taught this way. The children will have an understanding of what came before and what went after each. Each classroom will have a timeline, which will assist learning. Children will be able to use this information to visualise and understand when historical events occurred, compare events and understand the global impact, if appropriate.
How do we implement our History curriculum?
The children will work towards developing a secure chronological understanding and knowledge of local, British and global history. Both connections and contrasts, as well as trends will be developed. This will be supported by the correct use of historical terms and key date information. The children will be encouraged to question, a lot. They will address and create questions that question change, cause, differences, similarities, significance and impact. When responding, it will be through informed and reference the relevant historical information and evidence. This will be done through using both primary and secondary evidence.
Planning will ensure a skills progression is evident throughout KS2. Each year group will build upon the previous year’s skill, even though topics will differ.
A creative curriculum is taught at St Margaret’s, so History is taught every term. Across the 6 half terms, three will have a main history focus. Within the learning of the term, the children will detail what knowledge they already possess through recounting previous learning. They will be able to state what they want to learn from the topic and any skills they wish to develop. The time period in question will also be discussed through a timeline for the period being create, whether individually or as a class. All of this will be guided and supported by the class teacher to ensure curriculum is covered, through careful planning, this will also ensure that technical and historical vocabulary can be employed. Children will create a summary of their knowledge at the end of a unit.
Where possible, as part of our creative curriculum, cross curricular links are to be made.
How do we assess the impact of our History curriculum?
Feedback and discussion is essential in the study of History. Children are given feedback on the work they undertake. The medium of this feedback will vary depending on the task. The most beneficial form of feedback is immediate verbal feedback. This enables children to have an opportunity to work on and develop their output as required. Evidence of feedback will be seen though the pupil’s work showing that it has been edited and improved. Teachers should give feedback in conjunction with the Feedback and Marking Policy.
Lesson observations, learning walks and book looks will also be used to ensure consistency, coverage and to enable any good practices to be shared across the school.
History gives pupils the opportunity to investigate, research and develop historical thinking whilst being hands on with a range of artefacts. This therefore allows the children to fully understand the concept of change over a period of time. At St. Margaret’s, we strive to encourage children to ask questions in order to create a deeper understanding of their knowledge. Furthermore, we encourage the pupils to also share their own experiences of history related learning they have accessed outside of the classroom learning environment.
In order to assist with developing historical thinking at St Margaret’s, pupils are taught a range key concepts:
- Chronological knowledge and understanding.
- Historical terms.
- Historical enquires paired with using evidence.
- Interpretations of History.
- Continuity and change.
- Identifying similarities and differences between the past and present.
- Recognising significant events.
Children are encouraged to be curious and imaginative. We endeavour, as a team, to bring history to life within different year groups. We commence the beginning of terms by submersing pupils with ‘hook days’; such an example being Roman Day in Year 4.
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