Intent – what do we expect our children to learn?
Our History provision aims to give children an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
Children will have a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding.
- Investigate and interpret the past
knowing that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence
- Build an overview of world history
an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society
- Understand chronology
an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places
- Communicate historically
using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past
You can view the subject content that your child will be taught each term by viewing each classes curriculum overview.
Implementation – how do we expect them to learn?
Prior to the topic
- Children will complete a pre learning task to see what they already know and remember, this will act as a baseline, but teachers must consider the previously taught knowledge and skills already taught in the curriculum.
During a topic
- At the beginning of a topic and throughout the topic, children will consider and recap where the historical period of time fits into a timeline of history.
- Children will use low stakes testing throughout the topic to recall key information.
- Each lesson children will be reminded of the key knowledge that they learnt previously and how this links to current learning.
- Specialist key vocabulary will be explicitly taught at the beginning and throughout a topic.
- Lessons will include historical enquiry – children will be encouraged to follow their own lines of enquiry as well as creating their own.
- Lessons will be delivered through carefully considered historical evidence – ranging from using IT to conduct research to exploring artefacts and various sources of evidence.
- Children will be encouraged to make their own Interpretations of the evidence and research that they carry out and consider interpretations of history using various historical sources.
- Children will be encouraged to give their historical perspective on their learning but also consider perspectives given using a range of sources of evidence.
- History learning will be presented in a range of ways – this will include using a range of cross curricular opportunities such as IT, maths, writing, art.
- Teachers will adapt learning to meet the needs of all children, using differentiation and adult support.
- Elaborative questioning will be used to challenge pupils.
- Trips and visitors will be used to enhance learning experiences.
- Displays will include the topic title, key vocabulary, key facts and ongoing prompts to scaffold learning.
We monitor the impact of children’s learning through:
- A reflection and evaluation of standards against the learning outcomes
- Children will self-assess against the key knowledge that they have been taught.
- Teachers will assess against the key knowledge and skills, which creates an overview of whether the children are working at age related expectations or not.
- Pupil discussions
- Monitoring books