PROGRAMME OF STUDY – HISTORY
- Give pupils a thorough 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
- Develop pupils’ curiosity and desire to know more about the past.
- Help children understand key words such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘peasants.’
- Encourage pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgment.
- Ensure pupils understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends.
- Give pupils the skills to understand the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
- Show pupils how to look at evidence and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- It is taught in topics as set out in the History/Geography grid.
- We use the Non-Statutory Guidance to assist us in our planning.
We teach history through a variety of ways such as the use of:
- An enquiring approach – Every lesson identifies a key Question to answer during the course of a lesson.
- Primary and secondary evidence.
- Practical work.
- Independent and group work.
- Video clips.
- Field trips and outings such as Verulamium, The British Museum and Boxmoor Trust.
- Visitors such as speakers and Boxmoor Trust.
The key skills we are aiming to give the children are:
- Knowledge and understanding of events, changes and people of the past.
- The ability to interpret evidence and to understand that evidence is open to interpretation.
- Understanding of the chronological order of events.
- Historical enquiry
- Organisation and communication.
- Devising historical questions.
- Every lesson identifies a key skill that is to be covered.
PROVISION FOR MORE AND MOST ABLE CHILDREN
We plan a variety of opportunities to extend, enrich and enhance the learning of our more and most able children, so that they achieve to the best of their ability and make the best possible progress. Our approach to marking children’s work provides a further dimension of challenge.
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the themes and skills studied.