Curriculum Overview and Policy
Download: History – Curriculum Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: History – Progression of Skills Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: History Policy 2021-2022 [PDF]
Intent – History
Our aim at St Oswald’s Primary School, when teaching history, is to ignite and stimulate the children’s curiosity, in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Britain and the wider world, as set out in the National Curriculum, with spectrum of diversity being a key element at the forth front.
Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values to help create the future.
To ensure that pupils develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our History curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way. Chronological Understanding; knowledge and interpretation, Historical Enquiry; Organise, Evaluate and Communicate Information are all mapped out to ensure that pupils build on secure, prior knowledge. In EYFS, children explore History through exploring the world, looking at their life timeline and sequencing main events in their life.
To ensure coverage, each of these strands are carefully mapped out on a long-term plan, with medium-term plans focussing on content knowledge, vocabulary and skills in more detail. History is delivered through subject specific teaching organised into blocks under a theme, with cross-curricular links to other subjects made to strengthen connections and understanding for pupils.
Implementation – History
At St Oswald’s, our curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children; regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to become the very best version of themselves.
History at St Oswald’s is taught every other term, in rotary with Geography, for three terms across the year, with the exception of our Opening Worlds Scheme, which is followed in year 3. Here, year 3 pupils’ access one, one-and-a-half-hour lesson, per week.
Beginning in EYFS, children’s learning is continually built upon, following the National curriculum and a clear skills and knowledge progression map. Using one of the key skills adapted from our Opening Worlds Scheme, we put a lot of emphasis on vocabulary through pre-teaching. By doing this, children can read and understand texts more clearly, allowing them to deepen their knowledge and understanding, which encourages fast-paced lessons, accessible by all and better knowledge retention.
Each classroom has a History working wall display which includes the topic title, big question, key vocabulary and a time-line pin-pointing when the time in history took place, to help children’s understanding of chronology in relation to other topics and present day, which should continually be referred back to.
All history lessons should begin with a recap of the previous lessons learning, to ensure knowledge is reinforced and then built upon during that lesson, with writing opportunities throughout, as well as other opportunities to present learning, such as drawings, verbally and through role play. During History lessons, children are assessed through formative assessment at the beginning of every lessons during the recap stage. They are also continually assessed throughout the lesson due to our live marking policy, and again during the plenary stage of the lesson. Summative assessment takes place at the end of every topic when children answer the big topic question, by completing an end of topic task, and similarly, during the Opening Worlds end of topic synoptic task.
We believe that our historians learn in a variety of settings, through different opportunities and so where possible, we encourage learning to move away from the classroom to educational visits, utilising our surrounding historical areas, such as our Liverpool museums. Similarly, when possible, we create opportunities for visitors to come into school to also enhance children’s learning to create memorable, effective learning opportunities for all.