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History

Intent

At Walwayne, our History curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate their curiosity to know more about the past. Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh-up evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. They then begin 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 is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and progression through year groups is clear.

Implementation

History is taught in blocks throughout the year so that children achieve depth in their learning. As a school, we have access to the Connected History scheme of learning to assist us in our planning, which is fully utilised in UKS2.  History is embedded in our two-year rolling programme (Year A and B), which takes into account our mixed-age classes. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They can draw comparisons and make connections between different periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans.


Cross-curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for, enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area.
 

Impact

Outcomes in topic folders evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children are happy and confident historians, who show progress in skills throughout their time with us. When children are asked, they are excited about History and the learning they do within the subject. Teachers are clear on where their children are and where they need to go next.

 
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Year 1 trip to Trowbridge Museum to learn about a Victorian Christmas

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Debate on whether women should get the vote.

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