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History

"History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children." Nelson Mandela 

Intent

  • To ensure our children develop and understanding of their identify and purpose, better understanding their place in the world through exploring history relevant to them and the world around them.
  • To provide our children with a broad range of new experiences which enrich their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, identifying how the past contributes to the current day.
  • To develop our understanding of the history of Bristol as a city.
  • To develop children's understanding of key historical knowledge.
  • To develop the children's chronological framework to support them in building a picture of the past and how areas of study link.
  • To develop enquiry skills through study of historical events using a range of sources.
  • To develop the children's critical thinking, encouraging them to thoroughly scrutinise sources of information, looking at their strengths and limitations.
  • To develop the children's cultural capital, exploring the best that has been thought and said.
  • To enable the children to reflect on issues of social injustice through history and what we can learn from these.

 

Implementation  

In order to really engage the pupils in the History curriculum, these topics are delivered in blocked units over the year, where the whole school has a History focus. We teach skills which are progressive and developed as pupils move up through the school. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible (for example by linking Literacy units with current History topics) in order to fully immerse pupils with their topic of study and to allow them to learn through a range of mediums, such as through quality literature. The History curriculum is implemented in a considered, fun and imaginative way both in the classroom and through enriching experiences such as ‘wow’ events and trips.

 

Impact 

Children will know more about major historical events in Britain and become familiar with past civilisations around the world. They will begin to understand the chronology of key events and will be equipped with essential skills necessary for Key Stage 3 as well as adults in the wider world. The impact of teaching is regularly monitored through scrutiny of pupil books and conferencing. It is informally assessed through ongoing mind maps, detailing pupils’ learning journeys throughout a unit as well as by whole school progress tasks at the end of the year. Pupils will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their own lives and will be inspired to make a positive impact on the world around them.