At Farcet C of E Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.
By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
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 desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of history.
We aim to make sure the subject matter is broad and includes culturally and ethnically diverse topics and historians. This is because our children need to understand that history involves all sorts of people. They should also know how history has shaped, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. It is paramount that history be purposeful and relevant to the children.
We value reading as a fundamental life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We recognise that reading is essential for academic success and the key to accessing knowledge across the curriculum. Therefore reading is given high priority within history.
Teachers plan the following based on a progression document and a long-term subject overview:
- A medium term plan which outlines the knowledge all children must master during the half term;
- A cycle of lessons for history, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning;
- Key vocabulary;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ work in their class or around school.
Our History curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Pupil discussions about their learning which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
At Farcet C of E Primary School we ensure that children are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences, now and in the future.