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At Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, we believe that History encourages pupils to consider how the past has influenced the present, and how a variety of elements influenced people’s actions. Pupils will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History also develops the skills of researching and evaluating evidence, asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, the knowledge of past events, civilisations and personalities and the concepts of chronology. Learning about the past can influence pupils’ attitudes to the present and the future.
The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Through their learning of key historical events, pupils are able to think critically about their unit of learning and make links to day to day life; this ensures the History curriculum is meaningful and purposeful for all pupils. As a result of this they will:
- Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes;
- Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past;
- Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument;
- Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn;
- Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.
Curriculum Intent, Implementation & Impact
To build a History curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to enquire, research and analyse in History.
To design a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
· Progression of Knowledge and Skills
A clear and robust progression of knowledge and skills is in place from EYFS through to the end of KS2, where teachers will build on prior understanding as they develop these skills throughout the pupils’ time at the school, ensuring that they are secondary ready by the time they leave Year 6.
The promotion of a language-rich History curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in History. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich historical vocabulary throughout school is planned in history.
· Knowledge Organisers
Children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand and use these skills across the curriculum.
· History Focused Learning Walls
History Working Walls throughout school focus on key aspects of History and exemplify the terminology used throughout the teaching of History, BV and SMSC, which enables pupils to make links across the wider curriculum. This can be integrated with the class English learning wall.
On occasions, children may be asked to research historical aspects of their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in history.
· Basic Skills
English, Maths and Computing skills are taught during discrete lessons but are revisited in History so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.
We plan termly visits, visitors and educational trips to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning. We recognise that to have impact the planned cultural capital must be clearly linked to the statutory historical knowledge to be acquired and provide the opportunity for children to better understand the knowledge or apply what they already know.
· Children will know more, remember more and understand more about history.
· Children will understand and use the key skills of chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation, Historical enquiry and organisation and communication.
· All children will achieve age related expectations in History.
· As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future.