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History

Subject Leader – Mrs Lowe

 

At St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s Primary School, our high-quality History curriculum aims to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum in an exciting, inclusive and challenging way. We follow the National Curriculum objectives for History and have adapted the curriculum cycle to suit our needs as a school. We have high expectations for our children and we ensure tasks are appropriately differentiated or adapted to meet the individual needs of our children.

 

Teachers at our school inspire the children’s curiosity to know more about the past, encourage them to ask questions and enable them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world.  The children will gain knowledge and a coherent understanding of people, events and periods in history whilst being provided with opportunities to interpret information from different sources, evaluate historical information and use methods of historical enquiry.

 

We plan History using the Lancashire Scheme of Work, which we have adapted to suit our needs. We plan History on a 2 year rolling cycle to ensure all children have complete coverage of the National Curriculum and have access to the same experiences. We ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each topic and we build planned progression into the scheme of work so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.  

 

Our History Curriculum

In Key Stage 1 children develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Children should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.

 

In Key Stage 2 children continue to develop a chronologically and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should identify connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical vocabulary. They should regularly ask and answer questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

 

In our Reception class our children work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework so History is taught through a variety of topics that come under the heading ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. Children learn how to compare things, looking at similarities and differences and use their knowledge of their families and the world to learn simple chronology. We give children opportunities to talk about what they know, what they have learnt and support them to make links.

Topic Week

Each year we hold a Topic week to inspire children’s curiosity about the past. We encourage visitors to come into the school and share their experiences of events in the past.

 

Our last History week focused on the history of our school and children learnt ‘How to be a historian’. The week focused on children using their key skills to investigate the events of the past. Children learnt how to question, enquire, explore, interpret and compare.

 

The week started with a ‘History hunt’ around the school where children had to search for clues from the past. At each station, children could explore artefacts and old pictures of the school and key questions encouraged children to use their enquiry and comparing skills. The children collected a jigsaw piece at each station and took it back to class to connect back together.

In Key Stage 1, we had a workshop with ‘Travellers through time’ where the children learnt about old toys and games through the ages.

 

In Key Stage 2, the children had a workshop with ‘Imagining History’ which concentrated on the topic of Ancient Egypt with a focus on enquiry skills.

The children were also set a homework challenge to find the oldest object in their house or a relative’s house. The response was absolutely fantastic as children found objects such as ration books, binoculars, diaries, army helmets and telescopes.

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SEND Pupils

For further information on how we cater for the needs of SEND pupils, please visit our SEND page and refer to our SEND policy.

 

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Useful Websites

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