At Springfield, our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the people that came before them. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We believe that studying history improves our decision making and judgment. History also teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. History helps us understand change and societal development. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children 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.
History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians. We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. Links to Geography and other subject areas are also explored. The planning of learning always begins with the skills and knowledge that needs to be taught and enrichment opportunities and opportunities to apply learning are carefully mapped.
- Ensure that the teaching of History is delivered in a practical and engaging way.
- Deliver practical opportunities to discover interesting parts of History before the expectation of writing.
- Deliver our history curriculum within our half-termly topics, which cover a broad range of objectives.
- Displays within the classroom support the teaching and learning of key History vocabulary.
- Use artefacts and resources to stimulate, engage and structure discussion and exploration.
- Give instant feedback regarding their knowledge, through our core skills approach to teaching and learning.
- Opportunities for practical home-learning to further support their knowledge and understanding.
- Learning leaders from different parts of History to deliver their tasks and explain who they are
- Use the education library service as a tool to ensure that there is a range of historical texts, books and pictures for the children to explore.
- Use the website as a tool to show practical experiences and learning to parents.
What have we implemented that’s new this year?
- We have ensured that the children are having first-hand experiences to their History learning before the expectation of writing.
- Created knowledge organisers to show the coverage of knowledge for the half-term.
- Promoted opportunities for parental engagement by giving them practical home-learning activities to complete with their children at home.
- Ensured key vocabulary is displayed within our classroom displays and referred to during teaching.
- Quiz questions given at the end of each topic to assess understanding.
What do we hope to achieve over the next year?
- To get more guest speakers, historians or family members to speak about their past lives and experiences.
- Organise History themed assemblies or school theme days as a way to enhance and engage learning.
- Give more opportunities for children to interrogate artefacts, reach conclusions and be able to justify their reasoning.
Where can you see the impact of our History curriculum?
- Evidence of History work in our Learning Journeys
- Classroom and corridor displays
- Videos and photographs on our website Class Pages
- Our Adam Pepper videos