Our History curriculum aims to develop a curiosity that makes each child inquisitive about the past. We want our children to have a strong historical knowledge of the curriculum and our local area thinking about why our town is shaped the way it is. We support our children 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 within modern Britain.
Through our teaching of History we aim to:
- foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer
- enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time
- develop a sense of chronology
- understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history
- have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world
- help children understand society and their place in it so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage
- develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation
History has been planned to ensure full coverage of ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for History 2014’, and ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children are taught a range of knowledge and skills in both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.
In History we have established an outcomes driven curriculum which recognises the importance of identifying not just what we want our children to know and do in History but also the intellectual outcomes we intend them to achieve by and through their learning. As children progress as historians we recognise that whatever the content of their learning and the subject skills they are using, our expectations of them must be focused on the progression in subject outcomes. These outcomes are reflected in the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 performance descriptors.
We are developing a key question led enquiry approach, which encourages our children to take increasing responsibility for their learning, think independently and achieve challenging subject outcomes.
As a result of our History teaching at St. Vincent’s you will see:
- Happy, confident and engaged children who are challenged appropriately.
- Children who can talk about their learning and knowledge in this subject.
- Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
- Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.