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Intent: History Rationale

At Wick we are all historians! We want our learners to love history; we aspire for them to have no limits to their ambitions and hope to enthuse a future generation of Howard Carters, Lucy Worsleys and Indiana Jones - historians, archivists, curators and archaeologists. We want them to embody our core values: we believe that we can all inspire and achieve together in history. The history curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their historical capital. Bringing history alive is important at Wick C E Primary School and we desire our children remember their history lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the exciting historical opportunities they are presented with! 

 

Implementation: How History is taught at Wick

Each term, each year group in Key Stages 1 and 2 will have a central topic that looks at a key aspect of History or Geography; history topics are therefore taught around three times per year in each class. Classes dedicate at least an hour a week to either history or geography and cross-curricular links are often made. We ensure that children are taught a wide range of historical periods as they progress through the school.

As well as ensuring children learn about Britain’s past and the wider world, some topics particularly lend themselves to using the local area - which has such a rich history: Year 2 are introduced to the history of the local area; Year 3 learn about Roman Bath and visit Caerleon; Year 5 explore the fabulous Bristolian Victorians; and Year 6 study and debate the role of Bristol in the Slave Trade.

Our History topics lead themselves to a broad and balanced cross-curricular learning experience. For example: Year 3 learners use their DT skills to make moving chariots when learning about Roman Britain; when Year 6 children learn about the Slave Trade they also discuss modern democracy, British Values and human rights.  We ensure that children are taught a wide range of historical periods as they progress through the school.

At Wick, we support learners:

  • To develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of people and events from a range of historical periods.
  • To research independently and in-depth, including through home learning tasks.
  • To present their thoughts in a variety of ways, including through home learning tasks.
  • To develop a passion and enthusiasm for history.
  • To develop critical thinking through their analysis of the validity and reliability of historical evidence, increasingly understanding how the past can be represented in different way

 

Impact: How History is assessed at Wick

The subject leader ensures that both knowledge and skills are taught simultaneously through monitoring of topic plans, learning walks, pupil voice and book scrutiny.

Each topic has specific objectives which enable the teacher to assess whether pupils in each year group have achieved the ‘expected’ standard. The school’s skills ladders support teachers to break down the skills and progression required in each year group; they also support teachers to support and deepen learners’ understanding depending on need.

To have reached this standard, pupils will have demonstrated they have achieved the objectives for each topic. Effort levels are reported to parents in the pupil’s annual report. Attainment levels are reported by class teachers to SLT each year.

Children will use historical language to describe and discuss their knowledge of history.

Children will develop a love for history which will be shown through their enthusiasm in lessons, uptake of history home learning tasks and questions they ask to deepen their own understanding.

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