History Curriculum Implementation
We believe that a history curriculum should provide mirrors for the children in which they can see themselves reflected, and windows, through which they can look into the lives and stories of people who are different. Using this approach, we select subject content from the National Curriculum document and build depth studies of the periods of history that represent the unique community that we serve.
Our history curriculum comprises of three interrelated strands of knowledge:
Procedural knowledge: Historical Enquiry
Procedural knowledge represents the skills of a historian. This knowledge drawn from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and is mapped into a vertically integrated progression so that the children revisit and deepen their knowledge and understanding in each year group as they move through school. In planning, this knowledge is presented as our broad ‘learning aims’. For example, the children are taught how to analyse historical sources. This is taught in every year group from year one to year six. As the children move through school, they are presented with increasingly complex sources and are taught how to analyse them in increasingly complex ways. This process is supported by the use of SOLO taxonomy, which enables the children to deepen their knowledge and understanding within year groups ensuring a mastery approach to curriculum.
History Curriculum Impact
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave our school reaching at least age-related expectations for History. Our History curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic history learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice and their work. Above all recall their history studies with joy.
History Curriculum Intent
A good knowledge of history is possibly the most important gift a child can have in order to live a full, fruitful and productive life. A good knowledge of the struggles, mistakes, victories and successes that people in the past have made or achieved, will equip children with the hindsight to live the best life. A life free from prejudice which has empathy and shows tolerance for others.
We aim for our pupils, predominantly from Runcorn, to develop a sense of identity - our history curriculum represents the diverse nature of our school and celebrates the historical heritage of our children and families. It goes far beyond knowledge dealing with many concepts such as perseverance and struggle; adversity and love.
In line with the National Curriculum, we teach the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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 and the challenges of their time.