History School Policy

Intent

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. Children will know more, empathise more and understand more about the past and have the skills to make connections to their present and future. 

Implementation

New history learning is put into the context of the big picture of history learning throughout key stage 2, and a review of previous learning in the subject. Children & parents have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand History and to use these skills across the curriculum. Class teachers assess children’s understanding in History through Ellicitation tasks to complete a teaching sequence. This qualitative data  is then analysed to improve the children’s learning in History. 

Impact

Children will know more, empathise 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.  The majority of children will achieve age related expectations in History.  

History National Curriculum

St Paul's Curriculum Tracker

Progression of skills

 

History Enrichment at St Paul's

We believe that handling real artefacts enhances the children’s historical knowledge, understanding and skills. Close links are maintained with Somerset Heritage Loans and other pertinent services. We plan either a visit or a visitor for every history topic  to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning.  We recognise that to have impact the planned visit must be clearly linked to the statutory historical knowledge and skills to be acquired and provide the opportunity for children to better understand the knowledge or apply what they already know. We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways, and so where appropriate, children will learn history outside the classroom (eg. Battle reenactment, settlement building, quiz trails). We hold a whole-school History Day to celebrate and investigate History. 

Diary Dates