We believe that a well-rounded History curriculum will allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We have carefully designed our History curriculum so that children gain this knowledge as they progress through the school. In addition to this, we recognise the important role that History plays in preparing our children with skills that they can use for life, raising their aspirations, understanding how to be a good and responsible citizen, understanding change and societal development and a context in which to understand themselves and others. This is extremely important for children at Hollingworth Primary School in allowing them to access a much wider world.
The school’s own rich history, within the context of the local area, is a celebrated and inspiring feature of the school. The history curriculum at Hollingworth Primary School draws from this and makes full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.
Topics are informed by the National Curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at Hollingworth is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Hollingworth Primary School 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 pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
- Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
- 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.
Through their work in history children will develop the skills of historians:
- Pupils work as historical enquirers
- Pupils develop an understanding of chronology and a concept of time
- Pupils use a range of historical sources
- Pupils understand local, national and international history
- Pupils have opportunities to offer comparisons and contrasts and make links across historical periods.
As they move through the school children will explore substantive concepts. Our curriculum is designed in such a way that children will learn about their immediate history, their family and their location. Once this is consolidated, they will gain a wider experience of global history. As a child moves through the school their historical knowledge and understanding will deepen as it will have been built on the foundations laid in previous years. The concepts that children explore are revisited in different units allowing the children to apply new knowledge to the concept in order to prepare them for future learning and for life.
All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. Every lesson begins by utilising low stakes quizzing to check recall of learning from the previous week, two weeks ago, one month ago and from the previous year. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. We utilise an enquiry based approach to learning in History with a unit wide enquiry question and a lesson specific enquiry question. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Learning will be supported through the use of knowledge organisers that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and vocabulary in their long term memory. Knowledge organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and also as a part of daily review.
History is taught in units throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. The key knowledge and skills that children acquire and develop throughout each block have been mapped to ensure progression between year groups throughout the school. At the beginning of each new history topic, teachers refer to classroom timelines to develop children’s understanding of chronology. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Egyptians. Children learn how to think like a historian by developing their understanding of:
- Change and continuity
- Similarity, difference and significance
- Cause and Consequence
- The substantive concepts of history
By the time the children leave Hollingworth Primary School they will have a secure understanding of identified key knowledge. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning and 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. Through this study pupils ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.