History

Intent

At St Francis of Assisi C of E Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to ignite a passion and curiosity about the past and to think and act as historians. Through history specific and lessons delivered through the wider curriculum, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians: ·

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of chronology, people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources developing wisdom and knowledge of history; ·
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics. This should develop deeper learning across topics taught including mastery learning.
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

Teachers will ensure teaching of history has the school’s Christian ethos and values at its heart. A cohesive curriculum is built by ensuring all historical themes provide children with the opportunity to develop substantive and disciplinary concepts. This will help children make connections and links to their prior learning ensuring that knowledge and skills are developed during their time in school. The substantive concepts covered are: achievements, beliefs, society, housing (and buildings), entertainment and impact. The disciplinary skills we cover are: chronology, change, continuity, cause, consequence, enquiry, interpretation and organising relevant historical information. Children will have the opportunity to explore British Values, Christian Values and SMSC through history lessons. Explicit links are made within medium term plans. Our curriculum aims to reflect upon and provide children with an understanding of Teesside’s impressive industrial past and the impact of this upon the country and the wider world. Our recovery curriculum aims ensure that no skills, knowledge or studies from the National Curriculum are missed. Long and medium term planning has been changed to reflect the impact of lockdowns and home learning on pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

Implementation

Please click here for a copy of our History long term plan including the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2. There will be a period of time where pupils in Years 5 or 6 may not follow the exact chronology due to their previous learning. However, all pupils from Year 3 will experience the full curriculum in chronological order.

Here is a copy of the school’s History Policy.