History – Strategic leader Claire Penrose, Middle leader Sarah Linford
The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
As a result of this they will:
Why do we teach History? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
History intends to prepare each pupil with the next step in education whilst at the same time giving all pupils a broad and balanced view of the history of Britain and societies and a particular period of time in history or a person’s life. Pupils will develop knowledge of the past and its events, with the intention to improve every pupil’s cultural capital, understanding of the world around them, and their own heritage.
At Calverton we have designed our curriculum with the intent that children will:
Provision in EYFS
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of History through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World’. This aspect is about how children find out about past and present events in their own lives, their families, and other people they know. Children are encouraged to develop a sense of change over time and are given opportunities to differentiate between past and present by observing routines throughout the day, growing plants, observing the passing of seasons and time and looking at photographs of their life and of others. Practitioners encourage investigative behaviour and raise questions such as, ‘What do you think?’, ‘Tell me more about?’, ‘What will happen if..?’, ‘What else could we try?’, ‘What could it be used for?’ and ‘How might it work?’ Use of language relating to time is used in daily routines and conversations with children for example, ‘yesterday’, ‘old’, ‘past’, ‘now’, and ‘then’.
At Calverton History is taught in every year group, once a week.
Children will have constant access to a wide variety of subject specific fiction and non-fiction books, available in history lessons, other lessons and in the class book area.
We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways, and so where appropriate, children will learn History outside the classroom.
We plan visits, visitors and involvement in the community activity to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning. This is often linked to History. We recognise that to have impact, cultural capital must be clearly linked to the statutory historical knowledge to be acquired and this provides the opportunity for children to better understand or apply what they already know.
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.
Work will show that a range of topics is being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate.
The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources, vocabulary etc.
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.