Our Vision: To actively explore our past and use it to inspire our future.
Subject Leader: Miss Millen
The National Curriculum Purpose of Study for History:
“A high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.”
History at Kemsley:
History at Kemsley is integrated within the Cornerstones topics. Some of the topics will have a History focus whereby the majority of work will be based on a historical time period, for example I am warrior (a year 3/4 topic) concentrates on the Roman invasion of Britain. Other topics will have a different subject focus but may have lessons that link to a historical period, for example Hola Mexico! (a year 5/6 topic) has a Music focus but within the unit children will learn about ancient Mayan culture.
Topics with a History focus allow children to immerse themselves within the time period. The first week (innovate) is designed to generate questions which children will investigate and answer throughout the unit. If possible field trips are organised so children can have a first-hand experience of the time period to aid their understanding. The topic will then end with an express week where children can demonstrate their learning, for example in Dinosaur Planet (a year 1/2 topic) children create a museum to display their learning and guide visitors through their discoveries.
What we are good at:
- The curriculum allows children to explore many different time periods, which allows them to clearly see history as a continuum and be able to make links between events.
- Lessons foster a sense of curiosity about the past, as a result children engage enthusiastically in their learning.
- Pupils are taught how and why historical interpretations and representations change over time and why history matters .
Things we are working on:
- Introduce more inquiries into history lessons.
- Increase the opportunity for children to experience history at first-hand, through the use of artifact boxes and field trips.
- Ensuring children have a secure understanding of their place in history. This requires children to have an increasingly secure knowledge of chronology.