What is History?
At St. Andrew’s, we believe that History helps our children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and their own identity, during the challenges of their time.
Through the eyes of our children, History is important because:
‘It helps us to understand Britain’s past and the history of the wider world, as well as develop our understanding of key events in history.’
Early Learning Goals
Children are given the opportunities through Understanding the World : People and Communities to:
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps 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.
At St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, we aim to offer a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should encourage pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
The teaching and implementation of the History curriculum at St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School is based on the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum and supported by expectations from Chris Quigley Milestones, ensuring a well-structured approach.
Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following key concepts:
These key concepts underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
Our History curriculum is taught over three terms each year and the curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive and builds upon prior knowledge. We aim to ensure that, when appropriate, History is integrated into other areas of the curriculum through cross curricular work.
At St. Andrew’s, we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high-quality History curriculum through well-planned and resourced units of work, projects and experiences. We have determined that History will taught in bespoke units across the school year. During History units, when appropriate, our children draw upon subject knowledge and skills within Art and Design, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Maths and Science.
Through the explicit teaching of the History skills, teachers and the children assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of each unit, teachers complete unit evaluations, assessing attainment against the Chris Quigley Essentials milestones to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress children have made over time.