History at St Johns
History Curriculum Intent
At St John’s, our intention for the History curriculum is to:
- Develop key knowledge and skills in each year group through units of work that have key threads which are repeated in different contexts. These key threads are: Life of a Child, Civilisation, Transport, Homes, Rulers & Leaders, Invasion.
- Secure children’s knowledge and understanding of local, British and worldwide history and how it impacts on our lives today.
- Develop children’s understanding of chronology so they can place people and events into context using appropriate vocabulary and historical terms.
- Provide children with an insight into the impact of significant events and key figures on our society.
- Support children to be curious about the past; to question, enquire and investigate, using a variety of resources and sources.
- Develop the children as historians, so they can use their knowledge and historical skills in order to make connections and comparisons.
- We devise our own unit of learning plans to develop the knowledge, skills and key threads, resulting in an end of unit challenge for all pupils.
- Wherever possible, teachers will plan units of work that will support learning in other areas of the curriculum.
- History is taught each term in every class through four key areas at Key Stage 1: Events within living memory, Events beyond living memory, Lives of significant people and Local history. At Key stage 2 it is taught through five key areas: Local study, Stone age to 1066, Beyond 1066, Ancient history and Non-European study.
- Please open the document below to view the long term planning for History across our school.
- Please open the document below to view the progression of Knowledge & Skills for History across our school.
- Pupil work is evidenced in curriculum books.
- Individual or group end of unit pieces of work are completed by all children.
- Classroom displays reflect best practise and development of key skills and knowledge.
- We assess pupil progress through an end of unit challenge based on the key knowledge & skills of the history curriculum being taught and this is recorded on the unit plan. This is reported to parents at the end of the year as Expected or Not Expected.
- School trips can be used to reinforce historical knowledge and skills.