The leader for History is Mrs Caroline Williams.
The link governor for History is Rev. Bruce Johnson.
At Walton-on-Trent Primary School, we want our children to love History. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up inspired by history. Our aim is that, through the teaching of History, we stimulate all children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. In History at our school, we will also give children opportunities to develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis.
Some ‘overarching’ termly topics may be more history based, whereby much historical study is undertaken within a term. Historical and Geographical learning is balanced across the academic year, so that children gain breadth and depth of learning within both areas. Cultural capital gives our pupils the background required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in values.
In order to achieve the aims outlined above, History is organised into topics across the school following the National Curriculum. These topics are set out for each class from Curriculum Maestro and are used as a basis to help and support teacher planning, however teacher lesson design is not limited to. The teachers use creative and cross-curricular approaches as well as teaching the subjects independently. As we have mixed classes, we provide suitable learning for each year group this can be seen in our progression maps. Staff ensue they teach lessons engaging with indoor and outdoor learning this enable children to see different contexts and experience a broader choice of activities. Supporting their curiosity, critical thinking and enhancing their cultural capital. Through the year we aim to invite outside agencies in to support children’s learning in new ways and consolidate previous learning, e.g., a theatre company visit. Children will complete work in a range of ways to suit all learning needs, this will include working individually and in mixed ability groupings. Pupils study History for one hour per week for 3 terms across the school year.
Within history we strive to support children in analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through this study, pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and develop perspective and judgement.
We use lesson observations and learning walks to check learning and expectations.
Pupils’ attainment and progress is measured against the objectives set in the national curriculum and recorded by teachers using Classroom Monitor, this informs teachers, future activities, and parents.