History curriculum statement
Our aim at Badsworth C of E Junior and Infant school is for our children to be inspired, enthusiastic and curious about the past.
We aim to develop a sense of chronology and provide a progressive curriculum that enables children to know about significant events in British history and that of the wider world making links and connections across time periods.
Children will be taught to work as historians to find out and question about life in the past. They will be able to interpret a range of sources and be taught to make links and connections within and across time periods.
We aim for History to be used to enrich other areas of the curriculum and to develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and debate.
History will be delivered through a balanced and ambitious curriculum taught within and outside the classroom. Links to local history will be made to give a deeper understanding, knowledge and appreciation of their local area and the impact the past has played on the present in the area they live.
The knowledge and skills from the national curriculum and planning documents in school drive the curriculum and ensure a progressive and interesting approach to exploring the past. These skills and knowledge build upon prior learning to ensure a comprehensive and engaging curriculum. Enrichment opportunities and opportunities to apply learning are carefully designed through the planning process. The history curriculum will be taught using cross curricular links and quality texts will be used.
Children will have first hand experiences of handling artefacts, seeing and using a range of sources and visits/experiences with an ‘expert’ on the time of history they are studying to immerse them in the past. They will be given opportunities to think critically about the past as they look at the impact of the time period, make connections between and within time periods and link events in the past to their local history.
Children will use subject specific vocabulary which will be taught progressively to enable them to talk about the past using the correct historical terms.
As historians our children will be increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world we live in and have a further understanding of history on a local level. They will be able to make links to prior learning, building on their understanding of chronology. Children will have participated in lessons and visits with high quality sources and artifacts which will have allowed them to appreciate further the impact of history and how the time periods they study impact and have shaped the present day.
Through our engaging cross curriculum links children will develop enquiry skills and become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past. Children will be able state facts about key historical events using the correct historical vocabulary and share their opinions through topical debates and discussions.
Through our history curriculum children will gain an understanding of historical skills equipping them for their next steps in education and future career opportunities.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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