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Welcome to History at Cleveland

Welcome to History at Cleveland 1

History is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. The fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study. It is a subject that will be taught each term in conjunction with other curriculum areas. Through an enquiry-based curriculum, children will develop their Historical knowledge and understanding, which will be driven by a progression of skills-based outcomes.

 

All pupils are entitled to access the History curriculum at a level appropriate to their needs arising from race, gender, ability or disability and all History lesson plans will therefore be differentiated to meet the needs of the children in each class. School visits will be planned for throughout the children’s time at school and, where necessary, will be adapted to meet the individual requirements of identified pupils.

 

Our Aims

Through our teaching of History, we aim to:

  • Develop the children’s Historical knowledge and understanding through enquiry-based learning
  • Fire pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • Encourage thinking about how the past influences the present
  • Help students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people, using appropriate historical terms
  • Foster a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils' own position in their own community and the world
  • Develop a range of skills and abilities - particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened and what people then and now think about what happened
  • Understand that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Develop skills in thoughtful selection and organization of relevant historical information.

 

As with all our subject teaching, we do not teach History in isolation to other curriculum areas, we try to relate the work undertaken to real life situations and we also aim to:

  • Improve pupils' skills in English, Maths, Geography and Computing
  • Develop pupils' thinking skills
  • Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
  • Develop pupils as active and responsible citizens

 

Strategies for the teaching of History

  • Teaching and Learning in History will take place through the use of a variety of different pedagogical approaches, resources, experiences and take into account all learning styles
  • The school History Curriculum Matrix will be up dated termly in order for all teaching staff to document and track children History learning through the school, thereby allowing teachers to choice relevant and unseen topics for children each term
  • The work in History is a mixture of class teaching, working cooperatively in groups and independent learning
  • Groups are usually of mixed ability and children are encouraged to communicate their findings in a variety of ways

 

In History the children will:

  • Use a range of sources such as people, the local and wider environment, venues/sites, photographs, portraits, artefacts, maps, written materials, computing based materials, data, TV / video extracts

· Present their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways such as through drama, art, models, various writing styles / genre, collage, timelines, sketches, maps

· Investigate significant issues about the past

  • As they grow in confidence, begin to pose and investigate their own questions about the past
  • Take part in school visits, which are a meaningful and integral part of the curriculum
  • Realise that historical work is recognised in general displays in classrooms and in the communal areas around the school

 

When teaching History we:

  • Will have clear learning intentions and always explain what we want pupils to know, understand, and be able to do through the History they are about to undertake
  • Will often use key questions to direct pupils' thinking / enquiry, including higher-order questioning
  • Will use a variety of resources and activities to ensure each pupil can learn effectively
  • Will use introduction to lessons, mini plenaries and full plenaries to ensure students fully understand what they are learning, how they learn, how well they are progressing and where their learning will next lead to

 

In these pages, we hope to share some of the work we are doing in our school and to provide parents with ideas and resources to support home learning. 

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