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History

Intent
  • To encourage an interest and curiosity in the past
  • To enable children to know about significant events and people and to appreciate how things have changed over time.
  • To develop a sense of chronology
  • To support children to understand society and their place in it, to develop a sense of cultural heritage.
  • To develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, evaluation and interpretation.

We teach our children to investigate people and past events which develops their skills of enquiry and interpretation. History permeates through our curriculum. Through studying a wide range of people from the past and present, who have had an impact on the world today children are taught to challenge past stereotypes of gender, wealth, culture and education.

 

Wherever possible children are taught through a themed approach enabling children to make connections and to develop a greater depth of understanding. The content has been chosen in order to make effective links with cross curricular themes, to ensure children meet the expectations in the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and inspire children’s interests. The content may change to reflect the interests of specific cohorts or link to specific events in the local area or globally at the time.

 

Each Year group follows the progression in skills document, this is used for planning to ensure sequenced content for each specific year group. Teachers are clear on the learning expectations for each year group and these subject specific documents ensure that children build on prior knowledge and skills. Teachers are expected to differentiate in order to meet the needs of all learners.

 

Implement

There is a long term plan in place for each year group which maps out the discrete teaching and learning opportunities. The knowledge content is carefully selected and taught alongside the key skills which are threaded throughout the History curriculum.

New vocabulary is taught with the emphasis on words and phrases relating to the passing of time. We introduce new language however emphasis is placed on embedding the basics and not to over complicate language for young children. Children are introduced to new language but also reminded of key vocabulary. Questioning is used to check understanding of prior knowledge.

When children are learning about a subject through discrete teaching sessions they are told they are going to be ‘historians’.

 

Skills taught:
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Put dates and events in chronological order
  • Understand and learn about important people and events from the past.
  • Identify things that are the same and different about now and the past.
  • Identify how past events has changed things today.

 

Key Stage 1 children will be taught in line with the National Curriculum:

  • Changes within living memory, which are used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

In addition to the discrete teaching of History opportunities are taken to link historical skills and knowledge to other subjects throughout the year ensuring that children are continually accessing historical concepts. For example local and national events are taught and referred to in an historical context so that children are continually developing a sense of past and the impact of of people and events on our lives today.

 

Teaching History in the Early Years :
  • Past and Present
  • Children at an expected level of development will:
  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

In EYFS children will look at their own lives and the people closest to them. They describe special events and children should use past, present and future forms when in conversation. Books and stories are used to introduce history topics and act as a stimulus when comparing similarities and differences from the past.

 

Impact

History opens up our children’s eyes to the wider world. They discuss explorers and adventurers, learning about the different places they discovered as well as the cultures that exist outside their own experiences. Our History curriculum allows our children to enhance their reading and writing skills. They read from a variety of sources and write about the past from different perspectives.

 

Wider opportunities

Our children have the opportunity to participate in visits out of school to historical sites. To enhance understanding a number of historical visitors  and workshops take place, including drama workshops to bring history to life.

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