The topics planned at Carclaze are taken explicitly from the National Curriculum. Specific content is planned by teachers and organised into knowledge organisers, detailing the precise vocabulary and knowledge to be taught in each year group. The topics are sensitive to children’s interests. Use of the local context and area has been thoughtfully included in our history planning, developing an enriched understanding of our local community.
History is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Rome.
Knowledge organisers have been written for each year group with a particular focus on progression in vocabulary, highlighting key events and developing an understanding of chronology.
Work is recorded in project books at Carclaze and can be evidenced in a range of ways including, art work, written work, photographs or diagrams.
Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for and frequently linked to our Key Questions. History is used as an opportunity to apply literacy skills. The local area is utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. In addition, staff have access to the lesson plans and resources in the website ‘Keystage History’.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance. History is taught, shared and assessed through the specific area of Understanding the World (The World and People and Communities).
History Curriculum - Impact
Impact of the curriculum in History is monitored through:
- Learning Conversations – pupils are able to talk confidently about their learning in History to adults and to each other.
- Low stakes testing - children show good recall of key concepts taught in previous lessons and terms e.g. quizzes, using visuals, true and false questions etc.
- Monitoring of work in books, displays and pupil response within lessons.
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Lesson visits
- Additional Assessment opportunities:
- peer assessment
- group assessment
- targeted questioning