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 pupil’s 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.
(National Curriculum 2014)
It is our intent at St Peter and Pauls is to teach a high quality history education that with enable the children to gain a coherent knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. This will encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Pupils will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day. Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.
At St Peter and Pauls, History is taught as part of a termly topics on a two year cycle, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
Where applicable, children encounter and participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of History. (Past Productions)
All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. Children will be encouraged to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate their new knowledge into their subsequent work. Teachers will work with high expectations as with core subjects encouraging children to produce quality work. Assessment is completed at the end of each topic where history objectives have been covered; year group progression of skills and topic specific skills documents will be used to aid assessment. Pupil voice will inform our planning and the implementation of our History curriculum.
Children will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.(Visits to the World Music Experience in Liverpool, The museum of Liverpool Life.)
They will also have a further understanding of History on a local level and on a small-scale. (Viking links to Wirral, WW1 and WW2 with links to the local area and visit to St Philomena church.)
Children will develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning. Children are encouraged to share family and local history linked to the world wars.
Where applicable, children will have encountered or participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of History.
Children are to retain prior-learning and make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.
Children will produce high quality work in response to teachers’ expectations.