At Ellison Primary Academy, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships.
History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Key Stage One children learn about local and British history; Key Stage Two children complete learning on an Ancient, Middle and Modern period of history. This has been planned in a chronological order throughput the Key Stage.
We use a concept-based curriculum and ensure our units are planned to include specific key questions which are focussed upon factual, conceptual and debatable content.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in history lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in history.
The impact and measure of our History curriculum is to ensure that children at Ellison Primary Academy are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Carefully planned entry and exit tasks formatively and summatively assess learning and provide the opportunity for children to show what they know. Exit tasks are often in the form of an extended essay, debatable question or a reasoned response to a stimulus. This ensures that children are able to synthesis and elaborate on all of the knowledge that they have acquired throughout the teaching sequence, whilst also setting them up for success beyond the walls of Ellison Primary Academy.