History Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Greatfield Park Primary School, our history curriculum is designed to ignite our pupil’s curiosity about the past.
In line with the national curriculum, we use carefully sequenced lessons, inspired by the Cornerstones curriculum, to enable pupils to build on what they already know and understand. In the Early Years, our children focus on the history of their own lives so far. In Key Stage 1, pupils begin to learn about significant people and occasions in the past, progressing to more in-depth exploration of historical periods in Key Stage 2.
Due to our experiential approach, often involving visiting sites of historical importance and handling artefacts, learners will be inspired and determined to know more about the past by asking and answering big questions. They will gain coherent knowledge of Britain’s past to enable them to have a clear understanding of chronology. Pupils will develop a respect for historical evidence and make critical use of it to support their learning, whilst thinking, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement.
Pupils will be taught history from all corners of the globe throughout their time at Greatfield Park, which is key to see how people’s actions have had an impact both positively and negatively on others and how we can learn from that. By learning about people from other countries and backgrounds, our pupils will develop cultural awareness and understanding of differences in attitudes and values, and have an appreciation for these without judgment or prejudice
Where appropriate, pupils will be encouraged to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills, using subject-specific vocabulary whilst presenting their work in written form, communicating ideas, researching in non-fiction texts and presenting and analysing data and figures.
All pupils are supported to achieve the expected national standards of history by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. All pupils with SEND are fully supported with effective scaffolding measures. All pupils will have the opportunity to answer ‘deepen it’ style questions, to challenge and promote deeper historical thinking.
At Greatfield Park, history is taught through the following big ideas;
- Humankind; everyday life, hierarchy and power, civilisations
- Creativity; report and conclude, communication
- Materials; artefacts and sources
- Place and space; local history
- Comparison; compare and contrast features of places
- Significance; significant events and significant people
- Change; changes over time, British history, Chronology
Every class has two history themed curriculum projects each year (see our long-term overview). The following periods of history are studied within these: Stone Age, Ancient Sumer, Ancient Egypt, Shang Dynasty, Ancient Greece, Iron Age, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Victorians, Britain at war (WWI and WWII).
Their book study and writing units are linked to the history focus during the project. All projects have identified vocabulary for children to learn and apply.
At the end of each unit there is an assessment with quiz where teachers can assess the children’s knowledge gained during each project. Pupils’ exercise books will evidence sequenced progress within each year group as they move through the school.