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History

Intent 

Here at Wheelock Primary school, it is our aim to instil a love and curiosity of History in all our children and inspiration to be active, independent learners through high-quality teaching of the subject.

We aim to provide a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study; as well as giving the children the skills to think critically and make their own judgements on events. We aim to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interests and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

From EYFS up to the end of KS2, the children will be taught about various historical events, where they take place within a historical timeline, famous historical figures, some of which have shaped the world today and historical understanding of the local area.

The aims for teaching history at Wheelock:

  • To promote an interest and enjoyment of learning about the past.
  • To enable children to ask and answer questions about the past.
  • To learn about the development and impact of British history on the UK, Europe and the world.
  • To develop research and interpretation skills of artefacts.
  • To develop a sense of chronology and how to use historic terms.
  • To enable children to communicate their understanding in various ways.
  • To address issues of equal opportunities in context, challenging stereotypes, with an awareness of the background and cultural heritage of all pupils.
  • To teach historical knowledge;
  • To support or provide a means of enriching other areas of the curriculum.
  • To provide opportunities for learning through visits to places of historical interest, handling primary and secondary sources, bringing visitors into school and partaking in field trips.
  • To develop an awareness of their surroundings and the wider world through an appreciation of the variety of physical and human environment;

We will monitor progress regularly through learning walks, lesson visits, book scrutiny and pupil voice.

Implementation

As a school, we maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of History are being taught across all year groups. We use progression grids to ensure there is clear skills, knowledge and vocabulary progression throughout school. Our curriculum is taught on a two-year cycle (Year A and Year B) and within phases (Years 1/2, Years 3/4 and Years 5/6).

Every historical topic will start with an introductory photograph of an element to the topic area. The children will have this at the start of their topic book and will initially annotate the picture with comments about what they already know, any predictions, as well as any questions they have. At the end of the topic, this picture will be revisited and the children will be asked to add their understanding now of anything they have learnt about the topic, and answer any questions they may have had at the start.

Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past. We aim to give our children as much understanding as possible about what is was like to be around at a particular period in history by having practical and experiential lessons where possible.

Subject co-ordinators are given regular time to ensure resources are kept up to date, to monitor the subject across the school, create action plans and to provide subject feedback to SLT as appropriate.

Impact

Through the high quality first teaching of History taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

Through pupil voice children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in History lessons and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and homework and to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic, particularly in KS2.

Work will show that a range of topics and skills are being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate. The annotated picture at the beginning and end of the topic will also show a development of understanding on the topic.

The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources, vocabulary. There will also be a whole school timeline to demonstrate learning taking place from within all Key Stages.

Teachers will make judgments of the children’s understanding through observations, discussions and written work.

As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future. Assessments and monitoring will show standards in History will be high and will match standards in other subject areas.