At Ladycross we promote a broad, balanced and inspirational History curriculum, jam packed with exciting visitors and experiences! Our youngest learners in the Early Years begin their historical adventures by thinking about changes within their own living memory - for example, how they have changed since they were a baby. This love of history is then further developed into KS1 where we explore changes both within and beyond our living memory and study some inspirational individuals, including some of our local heroes who have made a significant contribution to history. Our little historians are perceptive, critical thinkers who are engaged and enthusiastic during history lessons. At Ladycross we strive to bring history to life and you can see how we do this, whilst promoting a progression of historical concepts, knowledge and skills by clicking on the links:
At Ladycross Infant and Nursery school through teaching History through over arching enquiry questions we intend to inspire pupil’s Historical curiosity so that our pupils are actively involved in their learning. Our intention is to make real world links and demonstrate how History impacts upon the pupil’s lives. Our curriculum provides children with a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want pupils to develop a clear historical perspective so that they can piece together their growing knowledge and fit it into different contexts. Through studying History through meaningful questions, pupils learn to appreciate how people and events in the past have shaped the way that we live now.
The aims of the History curriculum are to ensure pupils:
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, 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 and national history; between cultural and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
It is intended that teachers are confident in the planning, teaching and assessment of History. Teachers will fully understand the ‘key skills’ and topics to be taught within each year group. They will confidently use the National curriculum and ‘progression of skills documents’ to plan engaging and varied History lessons. Teachers will evidence the key objectives covered within each lesson and will reflect upon the children’s learning after each lesson, to inform a final teacher-based assessment at the end of each half term. Assessment will then be analysed and interpreted in order to inform future planning and lessons.
Teaching of History in the Foundation Stage:
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Provision focuses upon four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Foundation Stage history is part of the national curriculum’s learning objectives for developing the pupils understanding of the world, within our foundation stage the pupils learn through experiences that introduce the concept of time and change. For example, pupils may be asked to bring in photographs of themselves as babies and to discuss how they have changed over time, pupils will also explore patterns and routines.
Teaching of History in Key Stage 1:
Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Children will develop a clear knowledge of all aspects of the History National Curriculum, they will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children will be inspired and curious to know more about the past. Teaching will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically and develop perspective and judgement. History teaching will ensure that children 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. They will understand the processes that cause change, over time, to physical and human features.
Teachers will feel confident in teaching History through relevant CPD/lesson observations/learning walks/feedback/clear routines. Teachers will assess History throughout each topic of work and will use assessment to inform planning, which is specific the children’s emerging needs in order to ensure all children receive high quality teaching.
"I like learning about the past. It's exciting." - Y1 pupil
"You get to dress up and feel like you are really there." - Y2 pupil
"You can explore ideas from a long, long time ago." - Y2 pupil
Look at some of of our amazing History work!
Did you know that Ladycross School played an important part in World War 2? Click on the picture to find out more!
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