Our school History curriculum is based on a desire to provide our children with memorable learning experiences and an understanding of the world in which they live and how we can learn about and from those of the past. Over time children will build up a picture of Local, National and World History from the earliest times to the present day. We believe in helping children to develop and understand the skills they will need to find out about the past.
By the end of their time at St Michael & All Angels, children will have a wide knowledge of famous people and events that have made a significant impact on our lives today. Children will know and understand about the nature of ancient civilisations and significant aspects of British and World History. They will have had discussions and made connections between periods in time, learnt how one period of time can influence another period of time and identify different sources of information and will be able to talk about their reliability.
All of our units begin with an assessment of the children's prior understanding and knowledge. This prior assessment will then be used to scaffold support and future learning in the unit to help children make connections to their previous learning. Knowledge, skills and subject-specific vocabulary is identified and discussed on knowledge organisers which the children then have to refer back to throughout the unit.
History is the main focus of our Autumn term and each class across the school has a specific historical time period or civilization to focus on ensuring full coverage oft he National Curriculum by the end of KS1 & KS2. Modules are planned each year in a deliberate sequence to allow children to develop skills and knowledge and revisit previous learning. Each year we have a different thematic focus to ensure that while children may study the same civilization more than once, they will be studying a different aspect of that time period or civilisation to ensure a deepening of the children's understanding in that area.
Each of our classes will also have an enquiry question linked with their unit which are designed to be open-ended and to encourage the children to think about their historical topic in different ways, for example "Are there lessons that we can learn from how people lived in the past?". Questions like these are designed to promote discussion and encourage the children to think about the people of a given time period and their daily lives.
Children will know more, remember more and understand more about History. Children will understand and use the key skills of chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication.
Our children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future and be able to talk about people of the past as real people, considering their daily lives and trying to make links between these historical time periods and their own lives. They will be able to identify different sources of information and talk about their reliability as a view of the past and reasons for this.
We will measure the impact of history through:
- Teacher assessment judgements
- Pupil voice
- Learning walks
- Lesson observations
- Book Scrutinies
In our history lessons some of the things you will see are:
- High expectations of pupil outcomes.
- Increasing depth of knowledge and understanding.
- References made by pupils and teachers to prior learning.
- Discussions about the daily lives of people of the past and links to our own lives.
- Collaboration and support between pupils and teachers.