Our intention at St Michael’s is to inspire curiosity and fascination in children about the past both in Britain and the wider world. This will be achieved through the curriculum objectives: developing a chronologically and secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, supporting the children in making connections, contrasting trends over time, and developing an historical vocabulary with which to express their understanding. They will be encouraged to devise questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and historical significance of key events or people. They will begin to understand how the past is constructed from a range of sources, and begin to raise their own enquiry questions.
Implementation will be through twice yearly history led topics focussing on the knowledge and skills stated above, developed progressively from EYFS through to Year 6. The subject leader’s Knowledge Organiser will provide the foundation for each year group upon which class teachers may build their medium term planning, incorporating cross-curricular links with Geography where appropriate.
Impact will begin to be seen in learner outcomes through Learning Journey topic work completed independently, through the child’s voice in pupil conferencing beginning to discuss their historical understanding beyond “It’s about the past.” Impact will also be seen in teacher’s planning, enabling skill progression to be evidenced across the school.