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History

'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin

and culture is like a tree without roots'

Marcus Garvey

History Intent at Alumwell Junior School

 

History is all around us. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. 

 

History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Alumwell Junior School, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

 

History Implementation at Alumwell Junior School

 

At Alumwell Junior School, we have created a knowledge-based history curriculum and use teaching strategies that allow learning to be memorable and coherent; enabling every child to achieve a secure understanding of each historical concept taught.

 

Woven within our curriculum are our ‘History Threads’.

 

  • Legacy       
  • Exploration          
  • Invasion and Settlement              
  • Empire        
  • Technological Advancement              
  • Monarchy     
  • Societal/Cultural change

 

These are specifically chosen historical concepts which the children revisit throughout KS2. As the children revisit each historical concept, they build on previously taught learning, developing their understanding and knowledge of each thread, whilst observing how they change throughout time.  

 

When planning each topic, key historical disciplinary knowledge and enquiry skills are selected to be taught. The disciplinary progression throughout KS2 covers Chronological Knowledge, Historical Enquiry and Interpretation of History.  These skills are set out in the Purpose of Study and Aims of the National Curriculum.

 

Each unit of work is structured around an overarching enquiry question. Each enquiry question is broken down into specific, smaller questions, which create clear, progressive steps throughout the historical unit. This carefully sequenced learning allows the children to answer the question by the end of the topic.

Retrieval practice is at the heart of each lesson and provides the opportunity for children to recall previously taught knowledge.  For example, each lesson may begin with a quiz which will practise the recall of key facts from prior learning. Through enabling knowledge to stick, this allows children to build a secure understanding of their topic, empowering them to use their skills to think creatively. End of unit ‘sticky knowledge’ quizzes assess children’s overall recall of key facts at the end of the topic.

 

History is often taught alongside texts connected to the topic, enabling the children to link a narrative to their learning. Specifically chosen texts are used within history lessons to acquire knowledge, whilst providing opportunities for the children to develop their reading skills.

 

Using their knowledge, vocabulary and historical skills, the children will work to produce creative outcomes in their history topic books. Their work will reflect the learning planned throughout each historical topic.  

 

 

Building an Anglo Saxon Hurdle (woven fence)

Year 5's Ancient Egyptian workshop - Past Productions. Children took part in Ancient Egyptian drama, made Egyptian necklaces and took part in an Ancient Egyptian escape room challenge. They also met Queen Nefertiti!

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