At The Glebe Primary School, we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to all. We aim to maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past.
We aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and the wider world. At The Glebe Primary School, it is our aim to instil a love of History in all of our children by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
As a result of this children will:
- Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
- Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past
- Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument.
- Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
- Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
Within each topic, key knowledge and skills have been identified. Lessons have been planned, using our progression maps, to ensure progression across topics is evident throughout each year group, across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. Children are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece and the Mayans.
All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff model subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow the children to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.
At The Glebe Primary School, we provide a variety of opportunities for history learning inside and outside the classroom. Children have explored local museums, accessed zoom workshops and had visitors into school to share history learning and have hands on experiences. Our children will continue to be given a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom to create memorable learning opportunities in order to further support and develop their understanding.
History assessment is ongoing throughout the relevant cross-curricular themes to inform teachers with their planning and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each topic.
Through the high-quality teaching of History taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.
- Children will be able to talk about their new historical knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from historical periods covered, using subject specific vocabulary.
- Children will demonstrate enjoyment in History lessons through engagement which develops their sense of curiosity about that past thus wanting children to find out more.
- Children will think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past; asking and answering questions.
- Children will evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
- Children will retain prior-learning and make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.
- Children will have the ability to communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. They will complete research through projects and homework to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic.
- Children will have encountered or participated in a variety of opportunities for history learning inside and outside the classroom to further support and develop their understanding.
- Work will demonstrate pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary across a range of topics and that cross curricular links have been made where appropriate.