Purpose of Study
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 pupils’ 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.
The intention of the History curriculum in St Bede’s is to inspire a love of learning and enquiry, for all learners, whereby children learn not only about Britain’s past but that of the wider world. Knowledge can’t empower if it is forgotten therefore our intention in St Bede’s is to provide a curriculum that empowers children with the knowledge they are entitled to: knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members and knowledge that is progressive and embedded. Through exposing children to a broad and balanced curriculum, and using vocabulary which aids their understanding of each aspect of history that is taught, children are able to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts. The intention of History is to enable children to develop a clear chronological timeline, from ancient civilisations to the present day: to be able to identify how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Our intent is to equip pupils – and provide teaching and learning that supports their progression – with the skills and confidence to ask questions which highlight their perceptive nature and to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, investigate, analyse, evaluate and present information, whilst developing their own viewpoint and judgement.
The History curriculum at St Bede’s in primarily linked to topics in both KS1 and KS2 wherever possible, using our Creative Curriculum approach to teaching. Each topic studied in History is based around an enquiry question: the school has adopted an integrated topic approach whilst protecting discrete history objectives; linking history with other subjects as and where this is appropriate, throughout the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
Planning is informed and aligned with the national curriculum and by national agencies, including the History Association, of which the school is a member of. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored.
Outcomes in context and literacy books evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children begin each topic answering ‘what I already know’ and ‘what I would like to find out.’ At the end of each topic they are able to see how their learning has progressed since the beginning.
Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through their learning, pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We carry out projects which are rooted in local heritage, but also the wider world, to provide further relevant and contextual learning, engaging members of the community in children’s learning and providing positive role models from the community, and the wider world, for children to learn from.
Each class has been learning about Remembrance Day and why we commemorate the day. The children have learnt about why we wear poppies, as a sign of respect for the fallen.