At Old Clee, we aim for a high quality expansive history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and captivation about Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
Our teaching throughout the year groups is progressive and equips pupils to: investigate and interpret a range of sources from the past (H1), build an overview of a range of societies around the world (H2), understand chronology (H3) and to communicate historically using historical vocabulary in a variety of ways (H4). We believe that being able to communicate historically is key in enabling children to deepen understanding of being a Historian. Pupils will recognise and understand about significant aspects of the history of the ancient civilisations and empires in addition to changes in living memory and beyond living memory. Pupils will learn about the lives of significant individuals of the past and, in doing so, understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer a variety of skills and knowledge based questions.
At Old Clee, we want our pupils to relish and love learning about History. Pupils will gain knowledge and skills, not just through experiences within the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits, enabling then to deepen their understanding of who and what has shaped our world today. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in understanding how people and events in the past have shaped the way in which we live now.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in History, we have implemented a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of our spiralised learning scheme, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum measured by key milestones which are often revisited, to ensure retention of both skills and knowledge and stimulate pupils’ thoughts and allow for reflection. Within Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Provision for History is mainly focused upon within the ‘understanding of the world’ area but also incorporates English, Maths and expressive arts and design. Within our Foundation Stage, the pupils learn through experiences that introduce the concept of time and change. For example, pupils may be asked to bring in photographs of themselves as babies and to discuss how they have changed over time. Within KS1, over 15 significant people/events are covered within the year. Similarly, within KS2, 12 significant people/events are covered at a deeper level throughout the years. Both Key Stages also encompass a local history study. At Old Clee, we ensure that within the teaching of History, it is important to empower all children to gain a ‘real-life’ hands on experience, encompassing as many local points of interest as possible.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Old Clee are equipped with historical enquiry skills, knowledge and concepts, in addition to guiding their attitude to historical events which will enable them to be reflective learners ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 2/3. Children will reflect on their learning regularly through our spiralised approach and be given frequent opportunities to recall skills and facts previously learnt with confidence. Progression of History is built upon each year and to allow for consistency, all teachers are aware of previous/future learning within History through the use of a knowledge matrices/progression document. This supports teachers in differentiating appropriately and allows for a consistent approach towards pitching lessons across the school. Vocabulary has also been highlighted through the year groups and this is also built upon progressively.
Half termly ‘proof of progress’ POP tasks have been created which require pupils to undertake an independent activity which tests the combined retrieval of several previously taught continuous concepts and progressive elements. Whilst doing this, we aim to implement an enthusiasm across the school, fuelling excitement year upon year across year groups when studying a new historical event. We aim for our pupils to be passionate about History readying them as well-informed lifelong learners in the wider world. We want our children to have thoroughly adored learning about History, highlighting the importance of studying events from the past and bringing them to our pupils present, will shape their futures.