History

INTENT:

The intention of St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School is to provide a high-quality History
education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s
past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the
past. Teaching intends to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh
evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Our History curriculum
intends 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:

Organisation and Curriculum Coverage

Teachers create a positive attitude to History learning within their classrooms and
reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in the
subject.

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of History involves the
following:

  • a carefully devised programme of study based on National Curriculum objectives
    and statutory frameworks which links to English programmes of study and is based
    on high quality texts;
  • planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality
    resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge and developing historical
    skills;
  • History lessons focus on the key features of continuity and change, cause and
    consequence, similarity, difference and significance so that children learn to use a
    variety of skills to find out more about the past and its influences on modern day
    life. These types of historical inquiry include: making connections, draw contrasts,
    analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions ;
  • teachers use precise questioning in class to test knowledge and skills and assess
    pupils regularly to identify those pupils with gaps in learning so that all pupils keep
    up;
  • through our planning, we adopt an inquiry based approach that allow children to
    apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are
    encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their
    historical knowledge and skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity
    is celebrated within the classroom;
  • teachers ensure that the quality and variety of subject specific vocabulary that
    children hear and speak are key factors in developing their historical vocabulary
    bank and articulating concepts and findings clearly and precisely.
  • activities are planned to meet the needs of all pupils. Differentiation is achieved
    through careful planning and organisation. Learners should be supported and
    challenged to progress within History. Differentiation enables all students to engage
    in the curriculum by providing learning tasks and activities that are tailored to their
    needs, abilities and interests. Pupils are encouraged to work in groups or
    individually, where appropriate;
  • we build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the
    children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more
    proficient in their developing inquiry and research skills;
  • events, such as themed days, guest speakers and trips, allow all pupils to come off timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of
    knowledge and skills.

IMPACT:

The successful approach to History results in a fun, engaging, high-quality curriculum, that
provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the past and how
it contributes to our modern day lives. Our engagement with the sources of information
ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the past.
Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded
throughout the History curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and visits, children
have the understanding that History has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s
future prosperity. From this exposure to a range of different cultures from various periods
of history, all children develop their historical knowledge and sense of identity promoting
their chances of achieving. Children at St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School
overwhelmingly enjoy History and this results in motivated learners who acquire a sound
understanding of the past in conjunction with the nine key skills as part of our curriculum
offer.

History Trips and Visitors