At Walderslade Primary School, we have high expectations for all children to develop their knowledge and apply a deeper understanding of History. We have designed our curriculum to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum content, with progression building on previous knowledge across the Year groups and Key Stages. This intention is shared with the children, parents and carers through the use of ‘Knowledge organisers’. The knowledge requirements for each topic are clearly set out, which show the breadth of study across the whole school and the progression of skills.
These are the key elements of History from the National Curriculum:
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Historical interpretations
- Historical enquiry
- Organisation and communication
As well as focusing on factors that changed the history of Britain overtime, allowing pupils to experience an interweaving of local national history and utilizing the local treasures of history we have available.
In EYFS, History skills are taught through the ‘specific area’ of ‘Understanding the world’ with links
continually made to the prime areas. In years 1 and 2, History is covered through a creative curriculum, with a wealth of cross-curricular opportunities. Staff work together to ensure the breadth of study is covered, while allowing the children’s interests and questions to shape the topic. In years 3, 4, 5 and 6 History is taught through topics. Across the school, we also plan visits and visitors to enhance the learning experiences of all the children, making History a multi-sensory and exciting subject for all.
The Curriculum lead ensures the coverage and progression of History across school, monitoring the Knowledge organisers, progression of skills evidenced in books and through pupil voice interviews. Class teachers use our WAT as a tool to assess the knowledge and understanding of their children. The Curriculum lead uses this data to track the progression of each class and also to ensure all children have equality of access to the History curriculum, looking at SEN, pupil premium and gender data. With high achieving children, the target for ‘Above expected’ levels is also tracked.
Children also develop their understanding of historic terms and have a variety of artefacts to support with visuals and support them to deepen their understanding.