History at St Giles
At St Giles we have shaped our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History:
- Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses British Values and SMSC throughout.
- Ensure pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Ensure pupils know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world, like ancient civilisations and empires.
- Enable pupils to understand a variety of historical concepts and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
- Teach pupils to understand methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used and how and why contrasting interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- Enable pupils to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international
history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long-term timescales.
We aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Children should:
- Be inspired by and develop curiosity about the past.
- Know about changes in living memory and beyond living memory.
- Learn about significant people of the past.
- Learn to ask perceptive questions and think critically about the past and communicate historically.
- Develop their understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identities and the challenges of their time.
- Enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
- Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document to create a curriculum overview for the year.
- Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each history unit.
- As much as possible, units are taught in chronological order to demonstrate the changes through history and how they have shaped Britain and the wider world.
- Educational visits are planned where possible.
- Appropriate resources and artefacts are provided to add depth and understanding for each unit.
- Quizzes and recall activities are planned into the timetable to ensure children’s learning is retained.
- Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- By analysing work in children’s books and matching this to the key knowledge that they need to remember at each stage of their learning, based on planning overviews.
- An understanding in pupils of how each unit of work links to another.
- Regular quizzes and recall sessions.
- Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
At St Giles, we strive to ensure that children are equipped with historical knowledge and skills that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.