A well-rounded History curriculum will allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our history curriculum is designed to engage the children in fun and exciting activities. We aim to ensure that the children gain this knowledge as they progress through the school. We recognise the key role that history plays in equipping our children with skills that they can use for life, allowing them to understand how to be a good and responsible citizen whilst raising their aspirations, they will understand change and developments over time.
To develop the knowledge and understanding of the different periods studied, the children will be encouraged to complete enquiry-based questions which will also help to develop as independent and outward looking learners. Trips and living history days will be incorporated into units as and when they fit, these will be used to enrich the learning of the children and allow the children to develop into confident and creative thinkers who also develop a sense of empathy.
At All Saints, we teach history as part of a cross curricular unit of work. As well as being a lead subject it can also be an additional unit throughout the topic. The children are also given the opportunity to develop history skills at other times of the year for example at Remembrance and through relevant theme weeks. Across the two key stages the children cover all the National Curriculum programme of study. As a starting point for their planning, teachers use Lancashire Planning documents, these are altered as necessary to meet the needs of the children. Throughout the whole curriculum opportunities exist to extend and promote history, with teachers seeking to take advantage of all opportunities including European and global awareness, environmental education, citizenship, political and economic understanding.
Many of the day visits and residential visits allow opportunities for pupils to explore history through first-hand experience, these include living history days such as a Saxon and Stone Age Day. The children are also given the opportunity, in KS2, to take part in a residential visit which includes some history elements.
Teachers continuously apply assessment for learning. Marking of children’s work is used to clarify any misunderstandings and bring the children’s learning on.
Through staff meetings, speaking to children, moderation of children’s work and lesson observations, standards of teaching and learning across school are regularly monitored.
Teachers assess the children following a unit of study to ensure the children are on track to achieve their full potential. This is based on teacher assessment of how well the children have achieved in line with the key skills. Through staff meetings, speaking to children, moderation of children’s work and lesson observations, standards of teaching and learning across school are regularly monitored. This ensures standards are being met at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 in relation to the Early Learning Goals and the History National Curriculum programme of study.
Throughout the year the children will be given the opportunity to take part in many different activities from living history days to residential trips and theme weeks. Please watch this space for pictures and information.
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