At West Cornforth Primary School, we want our children to love history. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be archivists, museum curators, archaeologists or research analysts. Our aim is that, through the teaching of history, we stimulate all children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. We aim to make all children aware of the actions of important people in history and enable children to know about significant events in British history, whilst appreciating how things have changed over time. History will also ensure our children understand how Britain developed as a society, contributing to their understanding of their country of residence. Furthermore, our children will learn about aspects of local, British and ancient history. This wider awareness leads to the children having some knowledge of historical development in the wider world. We believe that by allowing the children to understand the importance and enjoyment of history through different opportunities, they will become enthused learners in history. In history at our school, we will also give children opportunities to develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis,
At West Cornforth Primary, history is taught in every year group, once a week for half a term each whole term.
- Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.
- We have developed a progression of skills with each year group, which enables pupils to build on and develop their skills each year.
- In KS1, history begins by looking at the children’s own personal history and introduces them to the idea of chronology and timelines.
- In KS1, history will look at significant events and people who have shaped society, locally, nationally and globally.
- In KS2, UK history is taught chronologically to allow children to confidently place each time period. This allows pupils to consistently build on previous knowledge and learning by placing previously taught history topics on a timeline.
- In order to support children in their ability to know more and remember more, there are regular opportunities to review the learning that has taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
- At the start of each topic children will review prior learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
- Medium term planning for all units will cover key historical concepts: chronological understanding, historical knowledge, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication.
- Children are given opportunities, where possible, to study artefacts leading to enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation.
- We plan for effective use of educational visits and visitors, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experience and the history curriculum.
- Teachers use highly effective assessment for learning at different points in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
- Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intentions, with misconceptions addressed within it.
- Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the history curriculum.
- Cross-curricular links are planned for, with other subjects such as maths, writing and computing.
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave West Cornforth Primary School reaching at least age-related expectations for history. Our history curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic history learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice and their work.
Subject Area Progression Map
History at West Cornforth Primary School
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