Our core aims for history are to ensure that all children:
- Are able to define history and why it is important to our lives.
- Understand the society around them and the changes that took place for it to be as we know now.
- Hear and preserve stories of the past.
- Can identify change in the world around them.
- Know and understand aspects of history in the wider world and the impact of these events on their local area.
- Ask questions about stories they hear, developing and understanding the methods of historical enquiry.
We believe the following are key ingredients in history are: the chance to learn and use a range of historical vocabulary; learning about events that have made changes within or before their living memory; engaging fast paced lessons; whole class and small group discussions and enquiries about unit questions; learn to use a range of sources to question events and their integrity; to secure a knowledge of when key events in history occurred chronologically; ongoing training for all staff and assessment.
What this looks like in practice:
- History is taught in three half-termly blocks throughout the school year alternating with geography.
- Each class has a one-hour history lesson once a week.
- The units and lessons are based on a question to discuss and inquire about, helping children develop opinions about historical facts and events.
- Classes talk about why things have happened in the past and the impact they have had on modern life.
- All children will have the chance to learn about historical events, people and places that have made an impact on/in our local area.
- Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
- Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
- In early years we focus on the understanding of today, tomorrow and yesterday, helping develop basic concepts of time and history.
- Children will learn about the changes to them and the world around them as they know it.â
Schemes, programme and resources used to support history:
- Rising Stars
The impact of our history curriculum is as follows:
- Children will have the knowledge that history is something that has already occurred.
- They will be able to place events they have learnt about on a timeline and recall simple facts.
- Children will be able to successful order studied events chronologically.
- Children will learn research and questioning skills which they will employ to learn more about events and form their own opinions on historical events.
- Children will ask their own questions about historical events and people of importance.
- Children will learn the different sources for researching history and use these to research events and draw their own conclusions and thoughts.
- Children will learn the job roles related to history such as Historian, archaeologist…….
SMSC in history:
History is key to developing SMSC. At Sayes Court reading is used to develop SMSC across the curriculum.
Spiritual development: History enables children to ask questions about life, make connections and develop a set of values, beliefs and principles reflecting on their own lives and how they have been affected by significant historical events, people and places.
Moral development: History inspires children to reflect on consequences, confidently express views, make rational judgements therefore becoming more willing to review and alter their views and values about events and ideas.
Social development: by learning the importance of source checking and deep questioning children learn to be able to sensitively challenge the opinions of others. By studying those events, people and places who have made significant changes to history we are preparing children to make a contribution to society as we have learnt the patterns and changes in society and why these have been important to our lives.
Cultural development: History allows pupils to understand their own culture and beliefs and what shaped them, helping them to respect and appreciate the cultures of others as they learn about them and the impact they have had on their own lives.