History at Wittersham CEP School
Teaching and Learning
An awareness and understanding of History is vital as it can help children make sense of the world they live in. Here at Wittersham CEP School, we follow the guidelines for History as specified within the Primary National Curriculum but we have been keen to adapt our delivery of this in order to ensure it is relevant to our children and local area. Consequently, we have made the decision to introduce elements of History in the EYFS and additionally ensure that each year KS1 and KS2 will conduct a local history study. In KS1 children will learn about key individuals, a significant historical event, events beyond living memory and changes within living memory. In KS2 the History curriculum will be taught in Chronological order to develop the children’s awareness of when different periods occurred and for how long they lasted.
The History curriculum places a strong emphasis on the acquirement of knowledge alongside the development of key historical skills and at Wittersham CEP School we have carefully planned and structured the History curriculum as to ensure that these historical skills are progressive and can be built upon year after year. We have also decided to place an emphasis on the development of Historical vocabulary as the children move through different year groups as this will enable them to articulate their opinions and discuss key historical events, periods or individuals in more detail.
History is a subject that allows children to get fully engrossed with their learning and often links can be made with other subjects. This is encouraged providing the link is equally as valuable in the other subject. Although historical topics are specified for each class, it is down to the teacher’s discretion and professional judgement as to how this is done. Therefore one class may block their teaching of History whereas another may decide to engage in weekly History lessons. No matter the teacher’s individual approach to structuring the teaching of History, as a school we are ensuring that the pedagogical influence to this is through a line of enquiry and investigative approach. In order for children to become Historians we believe that they need to be able to:
- ask key questions (which teachers develop through the use of Blooms Taxonomy)
- engage in discussions listening to and questioning differing viewpoints
- analyse sources and artefacts and make decisions concerning their credibility and reliability.
From this, we also want children to be constantly referring back to and considering the impact of a historical event or key individual and the effect it/ they may have had.
History will be assessed formatively by class teachers during each of the different historical topics they cover through a number of different methods. This may include: observations, pupil conferencing, the use of questioning through a Blooms Taxonomy inspired approach, children completing set tasks and activities which allow the opportunity for them to demonstrate the skills and/ or their newly acquired knowledge and opportunities for children to present their work in different ways. The assessment will be used as a vehicle in which to inform planning and promote and celebrate children’s learning alongside being able to provide a clear idea of each child’s level of understanding. Class teachers are responsible for collating this assessment data and inputting it onto Target Tracker – an electronic assessment resource. It will be the class teacher’s discretion as to when they decide to input this data with the agreement that in Term 6 all data will be visible and collated so that Target Tracker can then provide a formal summative assessment for each child with regard to their History learning.
History is such a crucial subject for children to help them in understanding their own culture and other cultures. We want children to be able to immerse themselves in History demonstrating a love of learning and for them to be inspired to want to find out more about the past.
Click the link below to view our Progression of Knowledge & Skills Document
Progression of Knowledge & skills document for History