History Curriculum Leader: Miss G Worrall
Response to Covid-19
During the 2021 national lockdown, we taught History lessons remotely. As the school opted to record or live teach all History lessons, the long-term plan continued as intended if all the children were in school. Therefore, the children did not miss any of the sequenced lessons although teachers did make some adaptations to the activity set so that it could be carried out at home easily.
The children carried out their timeline work when they returned to school in March 2020 as these are kept in the front of their work books.
The intent of the History Curriculum is to provide the children with the necessary knowledge to be able to place British eras on a timeline and events during these eras in chronological order. (NC Link: Chronological Understanding, K&U of Events and People)
It is also the intent of the History Curriculum to develop the childrens’ understanding with regard to the influence that significant people and events have had on life today, including that of the wider world. (NC Link: K&U of Events and People)
In addition, it is the schools aim to provide the children with different primary and secondary sources so that they can learn how to use them successfully to enhance their learning. The History Curriculum will also teach the children how to effectively carry out research and ask relevant questions to find out more information about the past. (NC Link: Historical Interpretation and Historical Enquiry)
In Early Years, History is taught by the children being encouraged to talk about significant events that have happened to them in the past i.e. Last night… Last week… Last year…
The children are also encouraged to explore the lives of people who are familiar to them and ask questions to find out more information. If this person is a parent or grandparent, this questioning may include reference to what school or life was like for them in the past. This is all taught via the Early Years specific area of Understanding the World.
By the end of Early Years, the children should be able to:
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
From Year 1 to Year 6, History is taught in a 6-8-week block of lessons, which on average last an hour each. The timing of these lessons however are flexible depending on the content being covered and the skills being developed.
To ensure the full coverage of the National Curriculum the school has carefully selected the units of work for each year group and mapped this on a timeline.
Below is a copy of the History Curriculum mapped on a timeline.
Below is a copy of the History Long-term Plan.
For each unit, the children’s knowledge will be developed by them using their historical skills to obtain the information that they need. Each week, they will increase this knowledge so that by the end of the unit the children can both talk about what they have learnt and articulate the skills that they used to obtain this information. An example of how a typical unit would be organised is as follows:
Session Focus 1 – Chronological Understanding:
During the first lesson of the unit, the children will:
Look on the British Era Timeline (which is on display in every classroom from Year 1 – Year 6) and place the period of time, event or significant person that they are learning about onto this timeline.
Discuss the location of the period of time, event or person on the timeline and where this lies in comparison to other British Eras and/or events or significant people that they have learnt about previously.
Answer questions in relation to the timeline – For Example: If the child was learning about Guy Fawkes, they would be asked what British Era did Guy Fawkes live in? Which British Eras did this lie in-between? etc.
Complete an activity linked to timeline.
Session Focus 2 – Historical Interpretation:
During this lesson the children will look at different primary and secondary sources to begin to learn more about the period of time, event or person that they are learning about.
Session Focus 3 – Knowledge and Understanding of Events / People & Changes:
During this lesson, the children will be either given more information about the period of time, event or person or carry out research to find out more information about. The activity during this lesson may take the form of a Question & Answer activity, Knowledge Mind Map or the producing of a Fact File.
Session Focus 4 – Historical Enquiry:
During this lesson, the children will think of different questions to ask somebody from the past or a Historian about the past and then take part in a hot seating role play session or invite a visitor into school to ask their questions to.
Session Focus 5 – Organisation & Communication:
This session will act as an assessment of the work carried out during the unit as the children will be asked to prepare a presentation to present their learning to their peers. The children will then take part in a quiz at the end of the unit to test their understanding.
For each of these focussed lessons, there is a Progression in Skills document which outlines the expectation of learning in each year group as the child progresses through the school.
Below is a copy of the progression in skills in History.
Below is a copy of the History National Curriculum.
Below is a copy of the History Medium Term Plans.
To ensure that:
· The children remember the long-term content.
· The children understand that they are systematically learning.
· The children can integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.
at the start of each unit, the children will look at a Unit Subject Organiser which will share the following information:
· The main learning objectives within the unit
· Prior learning
· Future learning
· Key vocabulary with definitions
These Organisers will be placed in the childrens’ books for them to refer to each lesson and which will serve as the front cover for the unit.
Below are the History Subject Organisers for each year group from the work carried out.
Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers
Spring Term Knowledge Organisers
The intended impact of the History Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills and knowledge document) In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:
· are inspired by the History Curriculum and want to learn more.
· show the progression in their skills and knowledge.
· can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.
· can talk about their first-hand experiences of visiting historical places and working with visitors.
Click on the website below to carry out research on different History topics.
Autumn Term 2020
We enjoyed virtual History lessons with Past Productions the children met Guy Fawkes, Samuel Pepys, A Mayan and the children in Year 3 took part in a quiz all about the stone age and explored some artefacts.
(In order of most recent)
May 2021: Consortium Curriculum Leader CPD Zoom with Stuart Tiffany
May 2021: ECM – History Deep Dive Training
October 2020: Consortium Curriculum Leader CPD Zoom with Stuart Tiffany – Remote Learning Focus
February 2020: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting with Stuart Tiffany – Chronological Order Focus
November 2019: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting – Intent, Implementation & Impact Focus
July 2019: Staff Meeting – How to effective use Primary & Secondary Resources
June 2019: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting – Use of Historical Resources
May 2019: Staff Meeting – Assessment of History – How do you know?
November 2018: Consortium Curriculum Meeting – Sharing Good Practice
September 2018: INSET Training – The Role of a Curriculum Leader