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History

Intent

We learn history to understand how the world has changed over time and how it affects the way we live today. History is broken down into these fundamental key concepts:

  • Continuity and change
  • Cause and consequence, similarity and difference
  • Significance

History is planned using the areas below:

  • Historical enquiry
  • Knowledge 
  • Understanding 
  • Communication

At Welbourn Church of England Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for History.

You can view detailed Long Term plans for each Key Stage. These include:

  • The History POS from the NC
  • Knowledge objectives for chronological events
  • Knowledge objectives for use of sources
  • Knowledge objectives for historical enquiry
  • Knowledge objectives for significant people
  • Key historical skills
  • Tier 2 Key vocabulary

Implementation

Prior to the topic

  • Knowledge organisers are sent home prior to teaching the topic, these will include the key facts and vocabulary which are essential for every child to know. These will be referred to throughout the topic and the children will take part in a variety of low stakes activities at the beginning of every lesson.
  • Children will complete a pre learning task to see what they already know and remember, this will act as a baseline but teachers must consider the previously taught knowledge and skills already taught in the curriculum.

We begin each History topic with an Inspiration day. An oportunity for children to reignite a love of learning and be inspired by the topic. 

During a topic

  • At the beginning of a topic and throughout the topic, children will consider and recap where the historical period of time fits into a timeline of history.
  • Each lesson children will be reminded of the key knowledge that they learnt previously and how this links to current learning.
  • Specialist key vocabulary will be explicitly taught at the beginning and throughout a topic.
  • Lessons will include historical enquiry – children will be encouraged to follow their own lines of enquiry as well as creating their own.
  • Lessons will be delivered through carefully considered historical evidence – ranging from using IT to conduct research to exploring artefacts and various sources of evidence.
  • Children will be encouraged to make their own Interpretations of the evidence and research that they carry out and consider interpretations of history using various historical sources.
  • Children will be encouraged to give their historical perspective on their learning but also consider perspectives given using a range of sources of evidence.
  • History learning will be presented in a range of ways – this will include using a range of cross curricular opportunities such as IT, maths, writing, art.
  • Children will be expected to create an extended piece of writing at least once per half term.
  • Teachers will adapt learning to meet the needs of all children, using differentiation and adult support.
  • Elaborative questioning, using Blooms taxonomy, will be used to challenge pupils.
  • Trips and visitors will be used to enhance learning experiences.
  • Learning walls will include the topic title, key vocabulary, key facts and ongoing prompts to scaffold learning.

Impact

We monitor the impact of children’s learning through:

  • A reflection and evaluation of standards against the learning outcomes (LTPs)
  • Tracking pupil knowledge in pre and post assessments, including use of knowledge organisers in low stakes testing.
  • Pupil discussions
  • Monitoring books. 

We develop historical enquiry skills by using real artefact for children to explore. 

   

We enjoy having dress up days and using drama and role play to enable pupils to experience what time was like in the past. 

   

We enhance topics with visits and trips. 

Click here to view the History and Geography whole school overview Cycle A

Click here to view the History and Geography whole school overview Cycle B

Click here to view the Reception/ KS1 overview of key knowledge and skills

Click here to view the KS2 overview of knowlegde and skills