At Hill View school we aim to help pupils gain a high-quality history education and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and develop their thinking skills.
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.
The rationale behind our curriculum content is that we ensure all our children develop a range of historical skills throughout each year at school. Within our history learning progression document the development of skills are evident throughout each year group. Progression in skills follow these five key areas of learning.
- Chronological understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of past events, people and changes in the past.
- Historical Interpretation
- Historical enquiry
- Organisation and Communication
History at Hill View is taught through study blocks, providing children with a ‘big question’ which will be asked throughout their learning, and reflected on as a final written outcome. Each study block will be taught in chronological order so that children develop a sense of chronology and can confidently make links between the areas of history they have studied. Pupils will be encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement between different groups.
We place great emphasis on whole-class teaching methods and all children are involved in every lesson, including those supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
- Pupils use non-fiction books
- Pupils handle artefacts and ask searching questions
- Pupils use a wide selection of secondary sources such as census material and photographs
- Pupils listen to and are stimulated by stories from the past
- Pupils are involved in drama and dance to act out historical events.
- Pupils make regular visits to museums and sites of historical significance
- Pupils use resources from the internet and videos
- Visitors share personal experiences and events in the past
- Hill View pupils should develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
- They should recognise connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
- They should understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and be able to organise and present their ideas clearly.