At Churchfield CE Academy, we aspire to help children develop a keen interest in history. We offer a variety of opportunities to explore historical events and periods of time by looking at a variety of resources and artefacts in a stimulating way.
Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for history; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and most importantly for the children to develop a love for history. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world preparing them for their next stage of education.
The aims of teaching history in our school are:
To inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy everything that history has to offer.
To enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time.
To develop a sense of chronology.
To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history.
To have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world.
To help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
To develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation, debate, interpretation, problem solving and presentation.
Our History curriculum covers the skills and knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum through broad, challenging and inspiring themes. A theme based approach is used to deliver the content within a meaningful context and wherever possible cross curricular links are explored. At the same time, teachers encourage the children to think like ‘historians’ and make it explicit to the children that they are learning history skills.
Children are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. We encourage school visits and visitors into school to support their learning and to enable the children to gain first hand experiences.
Pupils are encouraged to think like historians and develop their skills including historical enquiry. There is a strong emphasis on developing children’s skills such as understanding of chronology, interpretations of evidence, changes within a time and across time periods and cause and consequence.
The use of knowledge organisers assist teachers in planning their knowledge and skills and enable students to gain a better understanding of the expectations by the end of the unit.
Children to have a passion for History, understanding the importance of studying events and people from the past.
Children are becoming more aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.
Children will be able to retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.
They will have a further understanding of History on both a local level and on a small-scale.
Children will encounter visitors or participate in high-quality visits to further appreciate the impact of History.
Children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.
SEND and History
For those children within the academy that have SEND, history can be a valuable way for the children to develop a passion about past events and people. The children are able to explore the past using scaffolds, visual prompts or sentence starters in a variety of ways. The learning is carefully differentiated to meet the needs of individual children. History is linked to other subject areas such as English and computing where children use iPads and Purple Mash for gaining information and assessing their understanding. Through using the topic loan boxes from local museums the children get to handle artefacts which help to bring history ‘to life’ for them.