Easingwold Primary School – History Curriculum Statement
‘Excellence for All’
Intent – What do we want to achieve?
The primary aim of our whole school curriculum is to provide ‘Excellence for All.’ To achieve this we want develop children as curious, independent and resilient learners who have a secure understanding of themselves, their community and the wider world in which they live. We want them to have high aspirations and make positive contributions to their community and society. It is of the utmost importance to us that we provide pupils with indelible experiences from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable, lifelong skills.
We want to provide a high-quality history education to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We want to help 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.
Implementation - How will we achieve this?
History at Easingwold Primary is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and these are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically. Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic and retrieval opportunities are built into start of each lesson to support the children in remembering more of what they have learnt. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s’ starting points. Lessons are designed to provide appropriate support and challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.
Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically identified and planned for. The history provision is also well resourced and specific resources are mapped to specific year groups and topics to support effective teaching and learning. The local area and opportunities for visits are fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside of the classroom embedded in practice.
Impact – How do we know we have been successful?
The impact of our history curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the historical skills and knowledge to give them a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world Their vocabulary, skills and knowledge will develop progressively as they move through the school to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and will enable them to be fully equipped for the secondary phase of their education. The children will be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities. The children’s learning is assessed against the age-related expectations from the 2014 National Curriculum.