Here at Willaston Primary Academy it is our aim to instil a love of History in all of our children. We want them to develop a well -rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with every intention to improve every child’s cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage.
We aim to provide a history curriculum that is ambitious and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History, thorough teaching of Historical skills and links to other areas of the curriculum. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.
At Willaston, we have designed a History curriculum with the intent that our children will:
- Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers
- Possess a secure understanding of chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of history
- To discover links and connections to the History and they learn and the wider community and locality
- Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ
- Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught history
- Enquire in to Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past.
The curriculum is led and overseen by the History lead. As History lead a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation, review and the celebration of good practise will contribute to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve further. The teaching, learning and sequencing of the History curriculum follows:
- Links with the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of History are being taught.
- The progression of knowledge and skills documents are set out in order to build and develop the following; Chronological Understanding, Knowledge and Understanding of events, people and changes in the past, Historical enquiry.
- Planning is based on our school concepts and question based approach
- Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past.
- Children’s knowledge will be assessed before starting a new history topic and at the end of the teaching sequence.
- Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of each year stating whether children are working towards, at or exceeding age- related expectations.