A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they are encouraged to research, sift through evidence, and engage in active discussion - skills that will prepare them for adult life.
In History teaching at Longcot and Fernham Primary School our aim for the children is to gain good knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through high quality teaching which generates pupils’ curiosity to know about the past. The staff have high expectations of the children as they are are encouraged to ask questions, discuss evidence and develop judgement skills which leads to them forming their own opinions. We aim for pupils to develop an enjoyment of History and to understand how our lives today have been shaped by what has happened in the past. The children are encouraged to reflect on values and attitudes of today and how they have changed from the past through looking at e.g. tolerance of others, democracy, minority groups and women.
In each class learning is always linked to what they have learnt in previous classes so a wider picture develops through their primary years.
Our topics are informed by the National Curriculum and include local historical knowledge.
History is taught in blocks through the year. Knowledge organisers are used and displayed in the classes to aid children’s recall. Lessons are inclusive of all children. Those identified as having SEND will be supported by the teacher or support staff to ensure they access the curriculum at their level.
In KS1 pupils are introduced to ‘history’ as being any event in the past which could be in their lifetime or beyond. They use timelines where events are placed in chronological order based on their learning or any event which happens during the school year. Skills are introduced where they can look at artefacts, different sources, discuss why events happen and discuss what might have happened if things had happened differently.
In KS2 they build on the work taught in KS1. They are taught in a chronological order on a three year rolling programme. Each topic is introduced with reference to previous learning and how it sits on the timeline. Children continue their progression of skills and build on them when appropriate.
History trips or visitors to school are arranged to bring history to life for the children. This enables them to see and experience ‘history’ so it is not just from text books.
Children are assessed in lessons through questioning and recapping work from previous lessons. SOLO assessments are developed to assess the children’s levels
of understanding. These assessments can include simple recall activities or tasks, then higher level thinking activities which can be carried out individually or in group tasks.
Children have an interest in history through being taught a broad and balanced history curriculum. This is demonstrated in their breadth of knowledge and range of skills they can use. They can discuss events from the past, form opinions and speculate what might of happened if events had been different.
Discussions with the children and classroom displays ensure that children retain all the knowledge they have learnt and that teaching has an impact of them. The majority of children will achieve what is expected of them in History so they are ready to move onto Secondary School.