History intends to prepare each child for their next phase of education whilst at the same time giving all children a broad and balanced view of the History of Britain and other societies. In this, children will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with intention to improve every child’s cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. History at Longney aims to be ambitious, and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and thorough teaching of Historical skills. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all children an opportunity to question the past.
At Longney Primary, we have designed our History curriculum with the intent that our children will:
- Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers
- Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of History
- To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality
- Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies and epochs
- Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ
- Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History
- Enquire in to Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past
The curriculum is led and overseen by the History lead. As History lead a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice will contribute to the on-going commitment to evolve and improve further.
The teaching, learning and sequencing of the History curriculum follows:
- A blocked curriculum approach has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in all skills relating to History. Moreover, there is an opportunity at the end of year to revisit Historical skills that need further consolidation and to use new knowledge to enforce prior skills.
- In KS1, the Historical skills will focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. This will ensure a firm foundation for KS2 History.
- In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order to allow children to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year-on-year and within the year.
- The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:
- Chronological Understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Connection and Historical Links
- Interpretations of History
- Historical Enquiry
- Children are taught the sequence of skills and knowledge that are the components to a composite outcome.
- Lessons will develop long-term memory by allowing for repetition of learning within the year and year on year.
- The use of knowledge organisers to aid teachers in planning their knowledge and skills and students in understanding the expectations by the end of the unit.
- Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary is taught within the unit and reinforced throughout the year.
- SMSC and P4C are threaded through the History curriculum to link history to their lives and explore their heritage and cultural capital.
- Children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.
- Children will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.
- They will also have a further understanding of History on a local level and on a small-scale.
- Children will develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning.
- Where applicable, children will have encountered or participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of History.