At Holy Family and St Michael’s our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to base children’s understanding in knowledge of their local area and how it has developed over time. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. We aim to enable pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.
We are guided by the EYFS profile and the National Curriculum for History (2014). To meet these objectives, we have planned a long term overview that is supported by high quality resources from:
- The History Association
- Mr T does Primary History
- Plan Bee
History lessons focus on developing historical skills and giving children the opportunity to work as historians. Through this they extend their knowledge of different periods in an active and creative way. The prior learning is carefully considered and mapped out before the teaching of a new topic begins, with clear links and discussions had and comparisons made as learning progresses. Teachers are expected to research their topics and develop their subject knowledge thoroughly, gaining support from the coordinator if they are unsure. Opportunities to enhance topics through workshops and trips have been carefully considered alongside the Wakefield museums and therefore we are happy these will give the best opportunity to gain better knowledge, understanding and skills in those topics.
In EYFS provision opportunities are provided that allow the children to talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society. They get the chance to know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now. They do this by drawing on their experiences and what has been read and shared with them in class, understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books and storytelling. Careful consideration is therefore given by the EYFS team to develop and enable these opportunities thinking about the starting points and existing experiences of our children.
By the end of EYFS children should be able to identify past and present and begin to show inquisitive acquisitions for finding out more about people and similarities and differences in the world they live in.
By the end of Year 6 children should be confident historians who have an understanding of History in their local area, Britain and the wider world. They can discuss and compare different periods of History and apply their History skills confidently in finding out about any period of History that interests them. They take their passion for History and the skills introduced to higher education and beyond and develop a reader identity in this if it is their passion.