- The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which fulfills the duties of the National Curriculum but is also purposeful and relevant to the children at Grove Lea Primary. Our intent is to ensure that history is accessible to all and that it will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will be able to:
- 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 implement the history curriculum we review and evaluate the knowledge and skills each year. This ensures that we have a:
- clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
The History National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
Language - The promotion of a language rich History curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in history. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich historical vocabulary throughout school is planned in history. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand History and to use these skills across the curriculum.
- History Focused Working Walls
History Working Walls throughout school focus on key aspects of History and exemplify the terminology used throughout the teaching of History, BV and SMSC, which enables pupils to make links across the wider curriculum.
- Research: On occasions children may well be asked to research historical aspects of their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in history.
- Basic skills -English, Maths and ICT skills are taught during discrete lessons but are revisited in history so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.
- Enhancement - We plan termly visits, visitors and involvement in the community activity to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning. This is often linked to history. We recognise that to have impact the planned cultural capital must be clearly linked to the statutory historical knowledge to be acquired and provide the opportunity for children to better understand the knowledge or apply what they already know.
- 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.
- The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in History.
- As historians children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future.
They may even consider being a historian as a career.
How to help your child with history.
1. Talk about your family. Look at photographs of grandparents, relations. Tell stories about what you remember doing when you were young. What did you play with? What games did you play? What was school like? Where did you go on holiday?
2. When out and about look at old and new buildings? What makes them old? How do you know?
3. Visit museums, castles, places of interest. Take photographs to create memories.
4. Get involved with the knowledge organisers. You are never too old to learn.
5. Visit the library to encourage research and learning about the past?
6. Websites such as History for kids- BBC
History for kids- Funfacts www.historyforkids.net