History Curriculum mILEFIELD PRIMARY - progression of knowledge & skills

Intent- Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the History curriculum is through thematic/topic based approach underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The History curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation- Accelerated Learning

History is not taught discreetly, but is fully embedded across the whole curriculum. The History curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi- sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact- Summative & Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Insight is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, the following document is used effectively by teachers when planning and assessing History across school. It builds upon previous learning and develops skills for each year group to ensure progression. It also allows teachers to close gaps in learning.

Our EYFS children also have access to a history curriculum. The Early Years team plan and assess using the Development Matters Curriculum. This is from birth to 60 months+. History is taught discretely and over a range of areas, including Communication and Language: Speaking, where the children will learn their tenses; Understanding the World: People and Communities, where children learn about significant events in their lives, and show an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them. Understanding the World: The World, where children will look at objects and materials such as fossils to help find out about the past.