"I have really enjoyed finding out about Ancient Greece and what life was like and especially about Pegasus." Year 5
"I like it because it is fascinating to see Knights in armour and wars. We get to learn lots of new things." Year 2
Intent - What are we trying to achieve?
It is our intent that in studying History, pupils will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with the aim of also improving every child's cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage.
At Scissett, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain's past and that of the wider world.
Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions.
We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
History at Scissett aims to be inspiring and motivating. Inspiring; so children build thematic knowledge and apply to deepening questions. Motivating; through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.
At Scissett CE Academy, we have designed our History curriculum with the intent that our children will:-
Implementation - How do we translate our vision into practice?
We teach the National Curriculum through a designed topic, using a cross-curricular approach where appropriate, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think critically and provide excellent opportunities to enhance learning through investigations, analysing sources and writing extending pieces.
In Key Stage 1: Pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
In Key Stage 2: Pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organistion of relevant historical information. They are taught to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model explicitly and the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.
A variety of teaching approaches are used on the teacher's judgement. Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find our more about events and people from the past. We aim to give our children as much understanding as possible about what it was like to be around at a particular period in history by having practical and experiential lessons where possible.
Our lessons scaffold to retain new facts and vocabulary in the children's long-term memory.
Learning will also take place through commemorative events. Remembrance provides a time for children to come together to reflect on the services and sacrifices made and to join in with each other to provider a brighter, peaceful future.
Learning is representative of the past, including the study of diverse backgrounds and we then ensure we consider the cultural capital taught.
Impact - What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?
By the time the children at Scissett leave our school they should have developed:
History Programmes of Study - Department of Education
Decades Day Spring 2023
On Friday, 24th March, we held a History Day in school, which we called ‘Decades Day’. Each class researched and found out about a different decade of recent history. Please click the link below to watch a video of our Decades Day in School.