History: Intent, Implementation and Impact
'The study of history can bring pupils into a rich dialogue with the past and with the traditions of historical enquiry. The past and changing accounts of the past have shaped the identities of diverse people, groups and nations. Through history, pupils come to understand their place in the world, and in the long story of human development. The study of history challenges pupils to make sense of the striking similarities and vast differences in human experiences across time and place.'
'Pupils make progress in history through building their knowledge of the past, and of how historians study the past and construct accounts. Teaching supports pupil progress by embedding frameworks of content and concepts that enable pupils to access future material. Abstract concepts are best learned through meaningful examples and repeated encounters in different contexts....
Pupils learn how argument and debate can be underpinned by shared principles of enquiry, and how this can drive and test new knowledge and insight about shared pasts.' (Ofsted research review, History, July 2021)
At Park House Primary school we take these principles and provide an engaging, relevant, exciting and challenging History curriculum which inspires curiosity about the past. We use our rich local history to provide the children with first-hand experiences which are relevant to them. We believe that by using our local area to inspire and enthuse the children, we are teaching them to make sense of the world around them and encouraging them to think about how the past has shaped the present.
We believe that our History curriculum:
An investigative approach to History, involving children’s active participation in enquiry, use of artefacts, visitors to school as well as visits to museums and other places of historical interest are actively promoted in order to bring the History curriculum to life. Children are given opportunities to learn about the past from a range of historical sources and a variety of reference books, and materials which are accessible through the use of technology. At Park House, History is taught within every class’s topic, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Class teachers identify the key knowledge and skills of each theme and lessons are planned using the (DfE 2014) National Curriculum programmes of study.
At the beginning of each topic, a ‘Memorable Experience’ is provided to children which entice, enthuse and immerse children in their learning. Planned opportunities are given to each year group for children to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to investigate and find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Class teachers consider and plan for how greater depth will be taught and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how our pupils will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Where possible, whole school assemblies and workshops are organised to support a holistic approach to ensure that a balance is achieved between knowing more content and the development of key historical skills and outcomes.
Assessments are based on more than the learning activity or session and take into account the historical knowledge and skills which the child has acquired over a period of time. The class teacher records the assessments on the school’s foundation subject assessment sheet at the end of each term. On these occasions teachers draw upon the intelligence gained from the formative assessment of pupils, which is integral to each enquiry, to make a summative judgement as to whether the pupil has achieved the relevant skills in; chronological understanding, range and depth of historical knowledge, interpretations of history and historical enquiry.
The primary objective of applying key literacy and numeracy conventions to History is to enable our pupils to achieve more and better in History – i.e. to develop as young historians. To this end we ensure that high standards of literacy and numeracy are applied to History, result in equally and appropriately high standards of historical subject attainment.
Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with support from their teachers. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and enables our pupils to be curious, to know more about the past. Our pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Our pupils experience contextual learning by engaging with members of their local community and families. This enhances our pupil’s learning, providing positive role models from the community for our children to learn from.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods;
Audit resources and share with staff
Purchase new resources in liaison with staff and link to termly topics
Oversee planning, delivery and assessment of History
Keep staff updated and share digital resources to support learning across school. Wherever possible provide CPD raining to staff.