History

Intent

At Tushingham, we want our children to become immersed within history and to develop a keen interest in delving into the past and exploring local, British and Ancient history. Our aim is that through the teaching of History, we stimulate all children’s interest and understanding about Britain’s past and that of the wider world, along with the lives of the people who lived through it. We want them to gain a strong knowledge which enables them to respect and appreciate the critical events which have taken place and to make them aware of the actions and key roles certain individuals played. We aim to spark pupils’ interest regarding these aspects, helping them to develop their understanding of key time periods, how things have changed over time and how they have affected and shaped the world we live in now. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. History teaching will also ensure our children understand how Britain developed as a society, contributing to their understanding of their country of residence. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity encouraging them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, including those of the present, the process of change, the diversity of societies and beliefs, whilst celebrating these differences.  

Implementation

At Tushingham, History is taught in every year group at certain times throughout the year and cross curricular links are made where possible.

  • Topics/units are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.
  • We have developed a progression of skills with each year group, which enables pupils to build on and develop their skills each year.
  • In KS1, History begins by looking at the children’s own personal history and introduces them to the idea of chronology and timelines.
  • In KS1, History will look at significant events and people who have shaped society, locally, nationally and globally.
  • In KS2, each year group studies aspects of local history, a British history topic and an ancient history topic.
  • In KS2, UK history is taught chronologically to allow children to confidently place each time period. This allows pupils to consistently build on previous knowledge and learning by placing previously taught History topics on a timeline.
  • In order to support children in their ability to know more and remember more, there are regular opportunities to review the learning that has taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
  • At the start of each topic children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
  • To support teaching, staff access a range of resources and planning including History Association,  Plan Bee, and Hamilton trust.
  • Medium term planning for all units will cover key historical concepts: Chronological understanding, Historical knowledge, Historical interpretation, Historical enquiry and organisation and communication.
  • Children are given opportunities, where possible, to study artefacts leading to enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation.
  • We plan for effective use of educational visits and visitors, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experience and the History curriculum.
  • Teachers use highly effective Assessment for Learning at different points in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intentions, with misconceptions addressed within it.
  • Through using a range of assessment tools and differentiation which is used to support and scaffold individual learning needs, we ensure that each pupil can access the History curriculum.
  • Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for Self or Peer Assessment, which will then be used to inform planning, preparation, differentiation and address misconceptions within that lesson, or for the next lesson.
  • Cross-curricular links are made whenever possible.
  • End of term assessment allows us to use data to inform future practice.
  • differentiation used to support and scaffold individual learning needs.

Impact

The impact of this curriculum design leads to good progress. The high quality teaching of the history curriculum leads pupils to be enthusiastic historians, evidenced in a range of ways. Children can articulate the skills and knowledge they have acquired, demonstrating clear engagement with the subject and an eagerness to develop their learning further. The school is history rich, promoting a love of learning for this subject and encouraging further studies beyond the classroom.

Children leave our school ready to deepen their knowledge of History at High School. 

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Tushingham-with-Grindley
C of E Primary School

Tushingham, Cheshire, SY13 4QS

Mrs L Devaney

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