At Woodcroft Primary School, we provide an inspiring history education that will enable children to achieve a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past whilst comparing it to that of the key historical eras. Our aim is that by using a range of unique experiences, artefacts and hands-on learning, we will inspire children’s curiosity to learn more about the past and understand the complexity of people’s lives, therefore applying this to their own identity and the challenges of their time. Through fun, practical lessons and experiences, they will explore the process of change and how it has affected our lives today, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. Teaching will encourage children to ask perceptive questions, think critically about sources of information, weigh evidence and sift arguments.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
- The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
As part of the planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge ( including vocabulary) that children must master;
- A KWL grid to assess prior knowledge, areas of interest to develop and at the end of the unit an assessment of what they have learnt;
- A vocabulary assessment grid to assess prior knowledge ( through a traffic light system)
- A cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth using the six-step approach to historical enquiry;
- A range of questions to challenge and develop children’s’ thinking and consider the impact of events that have happened in the past;
- Trips and unique experiences that will enhance the learning experiences
- A range of resources and artefacts to support learning.
Our History Curriculum at Woodcroft Primary School is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against planned outcomes;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- An evaluation of learning through KWL grids and vocabulary development.
- Pupils are able to apply historical investigation skills to different contexts
- Pupils are able to present their findings in a range of methods to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding
- Pupils show an understanding of chronological order of key events.