History

"We are not makers of History. We are made by History."Free Vikings Clip Art by Phillip Martin

Martin Luther King

History subject lead: Mr R Dickinson

Intent

Our school History curriculum is based on a desire to provide our children with memorable learning experiences that reflect our Catholicity, our rich and diverse community and the world within which we live. Over time children will build up a picture of Local, National and World History from the earliest times to the present day. With high expectations for all, we promote support for each child to enable them to develop skills to enquire about the past. At the end of their learning journey, children will have a wide knowledge of famous people and events that have made a significant impact on our lives today. Children will know and understand about the nature of ancient civilisations and significant aspects of British and World History. They will make connections between periods in time and learn how we use a variety of sources to answer our questions about the past.

Our school values underpin the planning of an engaging History curriculum and link to our Catholic ethos.  Whilst studying History, we are able to respect and acknowledge the unique giftedness of individuals. We learn about human dignity through the study of success, failure and perseverance of significant individuals. This teaches us to have faith in ourselves and others. Often in History, we learn about events that have both positive and negative effects on the lives of others. We learn that some accounts of History may be biased and why it is important to critically analyse sources of evidence and information. Our learning tasks provide opportunities to enquire, collaborate and communicate with care and respect for each other. Our ultimate intent is that each child follows an aspirational learning pathway through our school, a pathway both suited to their needs and rooted in enriching experiences that remain in their memories over time.

Implementation

All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

Learning will be supported through the use of knowledge organisers that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and vocabulary in their long term memory. Knowledge organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and also as a part of daily review.

The CUSP Primary Curriculum offers full coverage of the KS1 and KS2 History curriculum, with connection to the EYFS curriculum. The CUSP Curriculum, developed by Unity Schools, is underpinned by evidence, research and cognitive science. Modules are deliberately sequenced for robust progression building upon and revisiting prior learning. There is an emphasis on rich knowledge and vocabulary acquisition. Retrieval practice strengthens the memory trace and is used to break down learning barriers and accelerate progress for all pupils.

It is a high quality and ambitious curriculum supported by high-quality images and diagrams to enrich and inspire learning. In KS1 and KS2, history is taught in focused teaching sessions that sit within a curriculum sequence built around the principles of interleaving and spaced retrieval practice. This ensures full coverage across the whole school.

Cumulative curriculum quizzes are used to review learning and check that children know more and remember more. These are based on the Kagan research and require children to think deeply. Learning is reviewed also on a termly basis, after a period of forgetting, so that teachers can check whether information has been retained.

Our historians will be given a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom where appropriate to create memorable learning opportunities and to further support and develop their understanding.

Impact

Children will know more, remember more and understand more about History. Children will understand and use the key skills of chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication. As historians children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning and children demonstrate a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, in addition to being curious to know more about the past.

If you were to walk into History lessons at Saint Augustine Webster CVA, you would see:

History Knowledge and Skills Progression Grid 

History long term plan

History Subject Story coming soon.....