History curriculum statement 

“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.”  

Department of Education National Curriculum History programme of study.

At The Oaks Primary School, our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. It allows them to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment. 

 

Intent

At The Oaks, we want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. 

What do we want for our pupils?

  • To deepen pupils understanding through an enquiry/question based History curriculum that allows them to think critically and give evidence and opinions
  • To broaden and build on prior knowledge as they progress through the school developing their key concepts and vocabulary
  • To have an awareness of changes through time and the impact and effect this has had on life today
  • To value their own and others opinions through  detailed and thought provoking discussions

What do we want from our curriculum? 

  • To gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of past events both in Britain and the wider world
  • To develop a deeper understanding about changes that have occurred, the diversity of societies and complexity of people’s lives through different periods in time
  • To develop a curriculum which inspires children and allows them to be fascinated and engaged to learn more about past events in time. It will also build on their prior knowledge through a progressive curriculum which deepens understanding and vocabulary
  • To develop keen Historians

 

Implementation

History at The Oaks is taught in half termly blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. This is taught through a key question being shared and given to the children at the start of the unit. Key knowledge and skills have been identified for each unit of work and these are mapped out across the school, ensuring full coverage, knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically. Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each unit through identifying what the children already know and completing a KWL grid or activity. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and that it takes account of pupil voice, incorporating children’s interests. The completed knowledge organiser is shared with all children at the beginning of the unit to support them in becoming familiar with key vocabulary for this block.Tasks are then selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners. At the end of each unit, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher by using both their work in curriculum books and the blank knowledge organiser that is completed by all children at the end of the block to check what information and vocabulary they have retained in their long term memories.

 

Impact

The children at The Oaks will  leave our school having developed the following skills in History:  

  • A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.  
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.  
  • The ability to evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using appropriate and accurate historical evidence from a range of sources. 
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry.  
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.  
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.  
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

 

Educational visits or visitors that we have as part of our curriculum enrichment include:

  • Chester Roman Experience
  • Victorian day
  • Liverpool Museum
  • Evacuee day

Curriculum map for History

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