Intent 

At Monkton Church of England Primary School, will ensure that our history curriculum engages and excites children’s curiosity with the intention to support their development of key historical knowledge, skills and concepts. The teaching of these have been carefully mapped out through our whole school cross- curricular approach to learning. As the children progress throughout the school their knowledge and key skills progress along with them. We aim to give our children an appreciation of time through the study of British and local history as well as significant time periods throughout the world. This will give our children a greater understanding of today’s world and their place within it. We intend to promote the significance of history within everyday life and encourage our children to consider their own personal history within their own lives. History is taught in a creative and inclusive manner which allows children to explore, enquire, question and form their own opinions. Our school is located in a rural village steeped in history and we take full advantage of this with local trips as well as venturing further afield to broaden our children’s historical knowledge and to allow them the opportunities to use their historical skills in a variety of real-life contents.  

Implementation 

At Monkton, all teachers plan their lessons from our cross- curricular curriculum taken from ‘Curriculum Maestro’. This ensures all National Curriculum aims are met, children do not have any gaps within their historical learning and children are being taught the correct knowledge, skills and concepts for their key stage. In order to achieve this, we ensure: 

  • History topics are taught in blocks periods that normally last about a term. 

  • Each new topic allows the children to further develop their skills from their previous topics. 

  • At the beginning of each new topic children revisit a previously taught piece of knowledge or skill in order to ensure they are developing their long-term memory and their ‘sticky’ knowledge.  

  • Lessons are taught with a big focus on key vocabulary. This is modelled by all staff and the key vocabulary is easily assessible to all children within their classrooms. Children are encouraged to use this language themselves once learnt.  

  • Expectations within history lessons are high and our teachers ensure every student makes progress and experiences success within their lessons. 

  • Children are introduced to a variety of historical resources and enquiry-based learning is conducted.  

  • When a history task requires written work, we have the same expectations as we have in our English lessons in order to demonstrate the importance of history within our whole school curriculum.  

  • We ensure all children can access our history lessons and have the most enjoyable experience that they can through precise interventions such as the pre-teaching of vocabulary that could be a barrier for some children. 

  • Our school learning values underpin everything we do in our history learning. We allow the children to be: Positive, Resourceful, Innovative, Determined and Engaged.  

  • Formative and summative assessment is used to track all pupils on Arbor based on NC statutory guidance. 

Impact  

Our engaging and creative curriculum allows children to acquire the historical knowledge and skills the National Curriculum requires by the end of Key Stage 2. Our children become enthusiastic historians who are left with the skills to think critically, ask perceptive questions and evaluate evidence. Our children develop a strong curiosity for the past and are able to carry on using these vitals skills to further their understanding of the history of the world. They have an appreciation of the way history has formed life today and are confident to express their own views for the future. The evidence within our books, pupil voice, assessments and the children’s overall positive attitudes towards their historical learning demonstrates this.  

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