History has always been a subject about which we are passionate at Wardley CE Primary. Studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. They begin to ask questions as they explore the diversity of human experience, past lives and societies. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from Stone Age to present day and are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history. At Wardley CE Primary the children will explore the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece and the Mayans, developing their understanding of trends over time and across concurrent civilisations.
Our subject intent is that to be a historian at Wardley CE Primary means that you have:
• An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
• The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
• The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
• The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
• A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
• A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
• A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics
To see what history topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the teaching cycle tab.
Within each academic year, children will study three history topics. Across the whole school, there are four key threshold concepts that the children will keep returning to in their history work. The children are assessed by the teacher during each unit against the age related expectations for these threshold concepts. They are:
• To investigate and interpret the past.
• To build an overview of world history.
• To understand chronology.
• To communicate historically.
Each history unit is based on key questions. At the end of each unit there will be a final end piece to draw the learning together and answer the key questions from the unit. This enquiry based approach to learning will help to foster an enthusiasm and sense of curiosity about the past, encouraging the children towards being life-long historical learners.
History and English
Each History topic is carefully planned to allow regular opportunities for extended writing too. Based on the historical content they have been focusing on that unit, children will produce pieces of quality writing which are then marked according to our literacy guidelines. This enables them to use the vocabulary they have learnt creatively as well as familiarising them further with the range of writing types and genres they cover throughout the school. As well as being a an opportunity to consolidate writing skills and reapply them in an alternative and more independent context, this type of activity also allows the children to put themselves in the shoes of the historical characters they are learning about and approach their learning from a different perspective.
Where does vocabulary fit in?
Just as in any other subject taught at Wardley CE Primary, we know that vocabulary is an important aspect within any child’s academic and social development. New vocabulary for each topic and lesson is always introduced at the start of each term and more lesson-specific vocabulary is explained at the beginning of each class. Teachers provide a selection of vocabulary that we would expect to see included in children’s work on a sticker within books. This gives all children direct access to the words that they need to produce high-quality writing and class work.
Staff are constantly looking for new experiences that will enrich the learning of their pupils. History trips from the school have included going to see Roman Chester and a Viking settlement at Martin Mere. We also organise talks and workshops, some of which have a cross-curricular link and some where an expert shares their knowledge with the children in a creative capacity. We regularly report on these in the newsletter so do have a look each week and see what’s been going on!
How can we help at home?
Ideas about how to help your child with history at home are sent out on the class newsletters each half-term and there are also some ideas under the history teaching cycle tab. For further information about the history curriculum that your child is studying please contact your child’s teacher.