‘Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events , and in total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.’
As teachers of history we will…
… teach subject specific lessons enabling children to learn the skills and historic knowledge to think like ‘historians.’ We cover the National Curriculum through thought provoking big questions, which the children explore, debate and begin to answer as a result of inspiring experiences and lessons. For example, our Year Two pupils explore World War Two through the big question ‘Is it ok to fight for what you believe in?’ There is a strong emphasis on developing an age appropriate knowledge and understanding of chronology, interpretations of different sources of evidence, changes within a time and across time periods and cause and consequence.
The history topics taught include learning about a range of famous people in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements for example Neil Armstrong, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. Other topics consist of events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example, the Great Fire of London and the first man who landed on the moon. Topics begin with a ‘wow’ in the aim to bring learning to life and engage the children in wanting to know and find out more. ‘Wows’ in history include mysterious evacuee suitcases found in the school, the mobile planetarium Space Dome and a visit from Samuel Peyps and Florence Nightingale. History is also enhanced through well planned educational visits such as Armley Mills and Harewood House.
Subject specific vocabulary will be taught to children and they will be encouraged to use and understand this when discussing and evaluating sources of evidence, significant people and events. Recap and review activities to begin history lessons ensures that children are building upon prior knowledge and learning.
History is further enhanced through classroom provision areas and displays. For example, class timelines provide opportunity for children to understand chronology as they plot significant events through history teaching as well as significant and recent events in their own lives and the life of the others.
National Curriculum 2014
In history, pupils will have the opportunity to learn about:
- changes within living memory
- events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
- the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
- aspects of life in different periods
- significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
Inspired by Chris Quigley
Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and skills as historians by:
- asking and answering questions
- taking into account the views of others
- researching using a range of sources
- putting dates and events in chronological order
- understanding and talking about past and present
- understanding important events and people.