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Cotmanhay Junior School

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History

Intent

 

History teaches children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time.  The teaching of history follows the National Curriculum, and is integrated within our topics as part of our Voyagers program. Our curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge, as well as developing historical skills. Great emphasis is placed upon teaching historical knowledge and vocabulary. We teach children about larger global concepts such as humankind, place, significance, processes and change.

 

We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through creative lessons, we want to inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the past. As our pupils progress, they will become equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

 

We want pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our history curriculum develops chronological understanding, starting with Year 3 studying the Ancient Egyptians. 

 

Our curriculum and lessons are enhanced through the addition of visitors to the school, drama, use of artefacts, day trips and visits.

 

Implementation 

Impact

 

The impact of quality-first teaching, coupled with an exciting and inspiring history curriculum, will foster a love and enthusiasm for the subject. Well-constructed and well-taught lessons provide pupils with opportunities to research and apply skills independently – skills essential for lifelong learning.  Subject monitoring indicates high expectations, and reflect what pupils have learned to the expected standard.  All learning builds towards clearly defined end of Key Stage objectives. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning. Children demonstrate a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world, in addition to being curious to know more about the past. Pupils ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Knowledge and skills will have developed progressively to not only enable pupils to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, but to prepare pupils to become competent historians in Secondary education.

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