The main aim of our history curriculum is to teach our children to think and behave like historians.
Our history curriculum has been designed to ensure coherence and progression. It has been designed carefully to ensure that it meets all of the requirements set out in The National Curriculum and also that it meets the needs of our children in our school, is relevant to our local context and is underpinned by our curriculum drivers of Courage, Compassion, Curiosity, Connections and Conservation.
Our curriculum is designed to ignite our children’s curiosity about the past and allow them to make connections between the past and the present and between local, regional, national and international history. Additionally, thought has been given to ensuring relevance between the past and current issues such as equality and diversity, protest, advancement in technologies and immigration.
In each year group there is a local history study so that our children can develop their sense of belonging and understand how the past has shaped their lives today and how their lives will shape the future. In every unit, except for units focused on change over time, we have planned for a depth study as well as the outlining detail necessary to understand the context of historical events.
Through our curriculum design and implementation, our children are taught to understand concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance and use them to critically analyse source materials, identify trends and themes, make connections and draw contrasts as well as to pose historically valid questions. Our children develop their historical skills within a knowledge and vocabulary rich curriculum enabling them to communicate their ideas and opinions confidently and accurately.
Our history curriculum is delivered through units of work which are planned around an enquiry question. Each unit begins with revisiting previous learning and with a quiz to identify misconceptions and elicit starting points for teaching. New vocabulary is explicitly taught at the beginning of each unit so that our children can both access and understand the teaching and communicate their own ideas confidently and accurately.
Weekly history lessons ensure a balance between rich and focused discussion and structured written accounts, narratives and analyses. Lessons also include the study of a variety of source material, drawing on museums such as The Ashmolean, The British Museum and The Museum of London as well as local historians and visiting speakers, our local museum and our local area.
At St Agnes Academy, we have 3 measures of curriculum impact, all of which are essential in ensuring that our children make excellent progress, are ready for the next phase in their learning journey and are well-rounded, thoughtful and responsible individuals. Our 3 measures are:
- What we learn
- Who we are
- How we behave
Our history curriculum and its implementation aims to ensure that all of our children secure the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently move on the next stage of their learning journey (What we Learn), to have developed their sense of who they are and their responsibility within the world (Who we Are) as well as improving as confident learners (How we Behave)
In history we monitor the impact of teaching and learning though beginning and end of unit quizzes, revisiting and securing previous learning, focused questioning and discussion, day to day classroom assessment and observations and pupil voice. Where children fall behind their peers, activities are planned to address this such as additional adult support, resources to support learning, small group or 1:1 focused teaching and task differentiation.
Our children will be able to communicate their historical knowledge and understanding confidently using the correct terminology and accurate facts to support. They will have a secure sense of chronology and be able to make connections between the people, events, societies and cultures of the past and of the present. Our children will think and act like historians.