History Curriculum Statement
“The aim of the historian, like that of the artist, is to enlarge our picture of the world, to give us a new way of looking at things” – James Joll.
Our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps our pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
At Mount Carmel Primary School, our History curriculum is designed to ignite children’s curiosity about the past through a topic-based approach and hands on experience wherever possible. We plan topics using the National Curriculum and our ‘progression of skills’ document. Each topic begins with a sensational starter and ends with a fabulous finish. We use this approach to teaching all our children, from Early Years all the way up to our Year 6 pupils.
The curriculum we teach has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links. These cross curricular links could be taught through;
- Outdoor educational visits
- Role play
- Problem solving
- Use of data – graphs, statistics, photographs and pictures
- Literacy and Numeracy lessons
- Computing - to gather present information or further research
- Current affairs
Inviting classroom environments and resources stimulate and engage good quality thinking and reasoning for all our pupils.
Teaching history in EYFS:
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance. Which over two academic years, aims for all children in Nursery and Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the Reception year.
Teaching history in Key stage 1 and 2:
Each classroom uses learning walls which are specific to the history themes used in lessons to highlight key knowledge and vocabulary. Timelines are also used within the classroom to refer back to previous learning and develop chronological understanding and order of events. We use both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop children’s historical understanding. Children are also able to access a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in their class library and community library in both departments.
We use monitoring throughout the year to gauge what the impact of the curriculum is having on our children. In Key Stages 1 and 2, this is done through the class teacher’s judgement and children’s own self-assessment, to show their understanding in their own learning. This allows them to be honest and share with their class teacher if they have fully understood the aims and objectives being taught to them in each of their Topic lessons. Within EYFS, this is done through our online assessment tool ‘Tapestry’. By using pupil voice and photo evidence, teachers are able to see if children are meeting the objectives that are needed to be covered for each topic.
At Mount Carmel, we want our pupils to become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. We want them to make well informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past. They will become more aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they live in today. Children will develop their skills to follow their own interests within a topic and encourage further questioning. Where appropriate, pupils will have the opportunity to participate or encounter in high-quality visits / visitors to develop their knowledge and understanding of the impact of History. We will draw out prior-learning from children and encourage them to make connections between what they have learnt previously to what they are currently learning.