Statement of Curriculum Intent
At Wath Central Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.
By using a topic based approach and linking learning to philosophical concepts, children have opportunities to investigate, interpret, ask and answer questions about the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. This concept curriculum also broadens pupils' understanding of their place in their community and the world and gives pupils a wider perspective. It allows 'big thoughts’ at every age and gives our pupils opportunity to think rather than telling them what to think.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:
A knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past.
The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.
The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
As part of this planning process, teachers plan the following:
A medium term project overview which includes a wider thinking question, key concepts to be explored and the knowledge and skills that the children will acquire.
A cycle of lessons for each subject which carefully plans for progression and depth.
Lessons taught through the use of an enquiry lens format to explore new learning. (Please see below)
Educational visits and visits from experts to enhance the learning experience.
Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home.
We measure the impact of our history curriculum through the following methods:
A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
Carrying out a learning walk where leaders observe lessons, have a book look and talk to pupils.
Pupil discussions (Pupil Voice) about their learning and learning over time.
Implementation - History at Wath Central
Implementation - Our Curriculum
As part of their History project, Year 4 became a Viking long ship! After researching the structure, history and construction of the ships, the children became one to travel across the sea to England using their bodies to represent parts of the long ship.
When studying Ancient Greece, Year 3 had a Greek day where they came dressed up ready to participate in different traditions and activities. Some children came dressed as Greek gods whereas others chose to dress as mythical creatures such as Medusa!
Year 5 considered whether mummification would still work today. After looking at the process completed by the Ancient Egyptians, the children mummified tomatoes. They removed the insides, covered them in salt. Surprisingly, we found the process can still work!