At Walford Nursery and Primary School, we believe History to be the study of people in the past and how their actions have affected our lives today. The past influences all aspects of our lives and it shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. History can help children to make sense of the world in which they live and help them develop a sense of identity.
Good practice is demonstrated by children being actively involved in study of the past, using a range of sources of information, asking questions such as ‘How do we know?’ and making progress.
A Walford Nursery and Primary School pupil will:
- Show a curiosity about the past and a wish to know more about life long ago;
- Use critical thinking skills to analyse primary and secondary historical evidence;
- Acquire a balanced knowledge about the past;
- Think, reflect, debate and evaluate the past, asking questions which they have created, demonstrating eloquence and a rich vocabulary;
- Undertake high quality research using a variety of sources, including the Internet, books and articles;
- Become critical and independent thinkers;
- Communicate and present ideas confidently and clearly to a range of audiences;
- Develop an interest in the past, and develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- Know about significant events in British history and appreciate how things have changed over time;
- Develop a sense of chronology with some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- Understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of cultural heritage;
- Develop a sense of empathy with people in the past;
- Develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
What does our History Curriculum look like?
Please refer to:
- Our Long Term Overview to demonstrate the progression of knowledge and skills within the whole school History offer;
- Our Curriculum Maps for each year group to map teaching and learning, knowledge and skills through topics;
- Knowledge Organisers which summarise the key knowledge and skills to be acquired and retained during a History topic.
Our History Curriculum facilitates sequential learning and long term progression of knowledge and skills. Teaching and learning methods provide regular opportunities to recap acquired knowledge through high quality questioning, discussion, modelling and explaining to aid retrieval and the beginning and end of a lesson or unit. This enables all children to alter their long-term memory, know more, remember more and be able to do more as historians.