In school we will help all children to develop an understanding of time, place, people and events through the effective teaching and learning of the knowledge skills and understanding of history. We will use the National Curriculum History Guidelines as the basis for our scheme of work and we will make meaningful links with the other subjects of the curriculum. Our aim is to ignite a curiosity to learn about the past that will help children understand who they are and how their environment and the world has changed over time.
Aims - Intent
- To help all children develop a sense of the past and to develop a chronological framework for learning about life in past times.
- To enable children to learn about famous people and their impact on our lives.
- To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the growth and development of our nation and its relationship with the rest of the world with a particular focus on our locality.
- To develop children’s skills as historians to enable them to research and discover the past.
STRATEGIES - Implementation
- We will begin the teaching of history in Foundation Stage as the children begin developing their knowledge skills and understanding of the world by starting with the most recent past. We will use photographs, artefacts, visits out into the locality, and by talking to older people about ‘then and now’
- As the children move into Key Stage 1 they will build on their earlier work using ‘living memory’, eye-witness accounts’ and the immediate environment of the school and the local area as their starting point.
- As they become older the children will learn about at least one of the different periods of history set out in the history guidelines of the National Curriculum. These will be linked to the local area where possible and the impact that this has had on our lives today.
- Strong links will be made with the teaching of English through the texts that we use and the writing experiences that the children have with a historical context.
- History will become a stimulus and a springboard for the development of oracy, writing and for the development of thinking and reasoning skills.
- Through the well planned topics for each year group, the history will link to as many areas of the curriculum as possible enabling children to make links in their learning. The topic based curriculum will allow the history curriculum to be taught in depth.
- On every appropriate occasion teachers will use first-hand experience, visits, visitors, artefacts and the local and wider environment to engage children’s interest and imagination and provide rich and memorable experiences.
- Through their understanding of the past and of lives in different conditions children will be encouraged to develop their feelings and ‘empathy’ for others.
- Through their understanding of the past children will be helped to develop an understanding of their identity as a British citizen and learn about the diverse world that they are part of.
- Children will learn about development of democracy, our government, the Monarchy, citizenship, and the Law. They will learn about rights and responsibilities, moral, social and environmental issues.
OUTCOMES - Impact
History will be fun. It will be used to promote excellence and enjoyment; it will have a strong presence in the ethos of the school through displays, performances, music, drama and assemblies. The well thought out curriculum will ensure progression across year groups and the development of skills and knowledge for every child.
Our School Timeline
We are very pleased to have had a whole school timeline installed on one of our corridors. This includes all of the World and British history as well as local history information. The children will be using this to develop their understanding of chronology in their history work. The children are excited to use this resource and have been keen to look for information from their previous topics.
Displays Around School
Year 5 Greek Day
Denton West End turns 90!
We had several celebration during the school's 90th birthday year. The children enjoyed tasting food from the 1930's, learning about music through the decades and we finished off with a 1930's school experience. These real life experiences have been invaluable for the children's understanding of the past.
The children enjoyed commemorating Remembrance Day. The nursery children made poppy pictures and delivered them to each class, explaining what they had made. The key stage 2 children took part in a Remembrance webinar. They key stage 1 children watched an animation and discussed the significance of Remembrance Day.