At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School the intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. The intent is to design a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum. Our aim is to provide our pupils with the knowledge of the rich history of our local area and the growth of industry which resulted in cities such as Manchester and towns such as Stalybridge. Pupils will increase their understanding of the chronology of main historical civilisations and how they have shaped present day.
As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- History led themes;
• Sticky Knowledge Mat which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) which all children must master and apply in lessons;
- Enquiry led curriculum where children will share ‘I think, I know, I wonder’ and then subsequent lessons are carefully planned;
- Through our teaching, historical artefacts and visits, we will attempt to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past;
- Long term/medium term plans demonstrate what the pupils will know/do at each stage and by the end of leaving school;
- Main historical civilisations/events are taught chronologically from KS2 and links between civilisations/events are made to deepen understanding and provide context to learning;
- Assessment of sticky knowledge retained through engaging activities such as a quiz and carefully planned monitoring;
- On occasion, children will complete homework in preparation to a new history theme to foster excitement;
- Link history with other subjects to provide opportunities to transfer knowledge and skills.
Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Children will enjoy History lessons and look forward to finding out more. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Evidence of work will show the range of topics covered, cross curriculum links and differentiated work;
- Standards in History will be high and will match standards in other subjects such as English;
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning each year which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Tracking of gains in each quiz;
- Pupil discussions about their learning and their ability to retain sticky knowledge long term.