“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.” National Curriculum 2014
At AddMore Federation we are history detectives! We are proud to offer our children a rich and engaging history curriculum which provides a basis for cross-curricular learning in the classroom, developing their understanding of both the history of Great Britain and that of the wider world.
Through the framework of the National Curriculum 2014, history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind;
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’;
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses;
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed;
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
Our aims in history are:
- to foster in children an interest in the world and its people and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant people and significant historical events;
- to develop children’s skills of enquiry, data collection and interpretation, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation;
- to enable children to reflect and form views and opinions of historical events.
As a foundation subject, history is taught in blocks through ‘topic’ themes, usually for half a term at a time. This allows us to ensure that our children become fully immersed in each history topic and enables us to provide them with a range of engaging, exciting and meaningful contexts in which to develop, embed and apply their knowledge. Each history topic is carefully planned, ensuring appropriate coverage in all year groups is achieved and we take every opportunity to extend our children’s experiences by providing a first-hand look at history through visits and visitors and using artefacts whenever possible.
In November each year we also include a ‘Mini Topic’ week, in which we look closely at the World Wars and why we observe Remembrance Day. We end this week with a special Remembrance Service in church where the children share what they have learned. This is a very special moment in our school year.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. History supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in educational visits as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations. E.g. A ‘Viking’ visitor, visiting a castle.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community. E.g. the local church, town buildings.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. History enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Forgiveness, thankfulness, courage – at Remembrance; respect and responsibility– learning from past events.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives. Our history curriculum allows opportunities for learning to come to life with ‘Wow’ visits and visitors and activities. E.g. Modelling the Great Fire of London - setting model houses on fire to see how quickly close proximity allowed the fire to spread.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. History and how past events have shaped the modern world plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of how learning from events in the past can make the future a better place.
Here at AddMore Federation, we believe that through our interactive and meaningful approach to history, our children will not only develop their knowledge of history but their love of the subject too. How the national curriculum for history fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.