St Mary's Catholic Primary School

History

Discovering the past and its impact on today & tomorrow

 

To develop children’s experiences and understanding of History, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world.

Intent


History has always been held in high regard with the school’s own rich history within the context of the local area. The history curriculum makes full use resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area.

In line with the national curriculum, the curriculum our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past
  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
  • Begin 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.

Implementation

    A review of the History curriculum has been undertaken recently to ensure that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum, including progression of skills and knowledge from EYFS to Year 6. The school uses the Lancashire planning as a basis for what we teach but have amended it to enhance the pupil's learning to include local resources. Lessons are taught through topics and a half term spent on the topic each term, with the same duration spent on Goegraphy. Each Year group will produce a knowledge organiser which shows essential learning and key words required, a curriculum map/ topic web showing the skills and knowledge taught in this subject. Prior learning is reviewed at the beginning of the topic- often through a KWL grid and links made to what was previously taught. In order to encourage knowledge to 'stick', short quizzes may be carried out at the beginning of the lesson based on what was taught in the previous lesson. Assessment is tracked on the school assessment system of Target Tracker. Teachers highlight the curriculum map as the skills and knowledge are taught to ensure full coverage.