History at Overseal Primary School
At Overseal Primary school we strive for our History curriculum to be fully inclusive and allow our children to gain a broad, well balanced understanding of the world we live in and how life in the past has had an impact on this.
At Overseal Primary School we aim to provide a high- quality history curriculum which encourages curiosity and fascination with how Britain’s past and the wider world have shaped our lives. Furthermore, we ensure the progression of historical concepts, knowledge and skills is sequential and meaningful.
Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps 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. (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England)
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught over two terms, over the course of the school year, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Furthermore, we also teach British History topics across the school which are sequential and chronological, for example in Year 3 children have the opportunity to explore and learn about the changes in Britain through the Stone age which leads onto the Roman invasion in Year 4. At Overseal Primary School, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. We create these experiences through cross-curricular opportunities such as Roman dance in Y4 and Forest School sessions linked to the Great Fire of London in Y2. School trips to historical places and museums help to make learning meaningful and enhance the children’s cultural capital. We have ‘subject days’, which encompass assemblies and dress up opportunities, allowing children to bring their historical subject to life.
The history curriculum at Overseal Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage.
At Overseal, within history, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry-based learning opportunities. Our history is high quality, cross-curricular, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on the progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work. By the end of their time at Overseal, we aim for children to be inquisitive learners who not only explore answers using vocabulary confidently, but also use methods of historical enquiry to ask questions.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Comparison of achievement with the intended outcomes (KPIs);
- Tracking of vocabulary understanding and progression;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- Revisiting key concepts from previous years and topics;
- Summative assessment of each topic;
- Analysis of summative assessment at the end of each year;
- Opportunities for moderations amongst staff.