At St John’s Church of England Primary School we intend to nurture and develop young historians through historical enquiry so that they gain an understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world, from Lacey Green, London and of the world beyond. Our history curriculum is cohesive so that children develop a chronological understanding of our history within and across both Key Stages. Children in EYFS will be given the opportunity to comment on and compare the past and present, preparing them for the Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and changes beyond living memory. A key part of our curriculum is children’s understanding of the chronology of history and the identification of key content and knowledge. Children will regularly have the opportunity to order events and significant people from all the periods of time they have studied so far. Through historical enquiry the children will engage in key content through which the learning grows over a series of lessons. They will develop their knowledge of one or more of the following: evidence; interpretations; cause; change; similarities and differences and significance at an age appropriate level. Finally, at the end of the sequence children will communicate their learning and present it effectively to show what they have learned.
At St John’s Church of England Primary School we teach children how to be good historians by using and applying disciplinary knowledge. We encourage them to think and act like a historian through the use of rich narratives, handling original and/or reproduced artefacts, visits to local historical places, workshops and first and second-hand accounts. Children will build up and extend their substantive knowledge of historical events by making connections between historical concepts, other subjects and periods in history. Key content and knowledge will be presented on knowledge organisers and pupils will retain knowledge because of the focus on recapping previous learning and making connections, allied to the explicit teaching of historical vocabulary. Target tracker is used annually to assess and monitor children’s progress. Children are expected to self-assess at the end of each lesson and regular high quality marking ensures next steps are highlighted and implemented. Book monitoring, lesson observations, children interviews and staff questionnaires help leaders ensure that standards remain high and that all children make good progress within our curriculum.
Through the high quality first teaching of History taking place we will see the impact of the subject in different ways. Through pupil voice children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in History lessons and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and homework and to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic. Work will show that a range of topics is being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate. The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources, vocabulary etc. As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future. We want our children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, highlighting the importance of studying events from the past and bringing them to our pupils present, will shape our pupils’ futures.