History Curriculum Leader - Mrs H Smart
The main intent of our history curriculum is to enable our young learners to understand how events in the past have contributed to shaping the world in which they live today and how gaining such awareness can contribute to building a more informed and sustainable society in the future. We want our children to understand the chronology of British eras, including events that have happened during that time, in addition to researching and learning about significant people and events that have had an impact on modern society, not just in Britain, but across the wider world. By using the Collins Connect scheme, we concentrate on the most relevant and purposeful aspects of the National Curriculum, so as to provide pupils with a subject knowledge base fit for purpose in the 21st century. We want all our pupils to work historically through enquiry with an investigative approach, ask relevant questions, make judgements and carry out research, justifying and developing conclusions. These are the fundamental principles underlying our curriculum in history that will give the children an underlying respect for the past.
In Y1 – Y6, history is taught on a 2-year cycle, using the Collins Connect scheme. This scheme provides learning opportunities that are focussed and progressively more challenging. As the units are across two year groups (KS1, LKS2, UKS2), the activities are differentiated accordingly to meet the age group expectations, whilst maintaining the high expectations for subject knowledge and level of vocabulary.
Early Years history is accessed through the Early Learning Goals linked to the specific area ‘Understanding the World’. This is taught through the ‘People and communities’ unit, continuous provision, listening to historical stories and general topic work about the world they live in and the past.
Y1-Y6 units (We are currently on Year B - 2019/2020)
The start of each half term, across school, incorporates extra history ‘topic’ time where the class unit is the focus in order to engage and excite the children and give them a solid subject knowledge foundation for the rest of the half term. We use cross-curricular links where possible i.e. in writing, maths, art, D&T etc. in addition to planned experiential visits and/or visitors in school.
Assessment descriptions for each history unit can be found at the back of the Connect scheme. Teacher assessments (TA) are made from a variety of sources but we evidence most learning in children’s books. TA data is inputted into our school data tracking system bi-annually at February half term and at the end of the academic year in July.
The intended impact is for the majority of children in each year group to be working at or above the expected standards for their age. In addition to this, we want them to be inspired by history and want to learn more; be able to show progression in their subject knowledge, as well as their historical enquiry and sequencing skills; be able to discuss their learning and have key concepts embedded into their long term memory and finally to understand where their learning in history can take them into the future!