History

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. - Marcus Garvey

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Intent:

Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We aim to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Implementation:

 

The children at Mexborough St John’s study a range of significant people, periods and events that occurred in British and international history. The history curriculum makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. As the children progress through the years, their History learning delves deeper and further into the past. Links and comparisons to our lives, in the present day, are explored.

 

When teaching History topics, we start with a key question to engage and focus learning. We prioritise offering our children a wide and inspiring set of experiences through drivers such as launch events, trips, visits, purpose and learning celebrations.

 

Key concepts of religion, government, trade, conflict and resolution, change and legacy are taught throughout school allowing children to understand what they mean in the contexts of different periods of History.  Clear content sequencing, progression maps and knowledge organisers, place this in the context of long-term knowledge growth.

 

Intelligent repetition of key concepts enables children to strengthen memory over time, thus leading to deeper understanding. It is essential that children remember the knowledge that they have been taught so that learning ‘sticks’ for them to understand new knowledge, make learning links and apply this is different contexts. The core skills of recall, understand, connect, and apply are used to facilitate this.

Impact:

Pupils’ learning over time, reflects the intended curriculum. The concepts and big ideas provide the schema through which meaning is made and helps to ensure long term knowledge growth. This in turn ensures pupils know more and can do more. 

Research shows that repetition of course content leads to sticky learning; the transfer of knowledge from the short term to long term memory. At Mexborough St John’s, we achieve this through regular retrieval practise. Children can speak with confidence about what they have learnt and how they can apply this to other parts of their learning.

 

Assessment: 

Assessment is ongoing through history units of work and includes a range of techniques to be more supportive of learning. Assessment may be done through assessment questions included on knowledge organisers, teacher questioning that probes understanding, marking and feedback and retrieval practice. 

 

The impact of our curriculum will be seen not only in measurable attainment and progress, but that St John the Baptist Primary School creates polite, well-mannered caring members of our school community who understand and respect everybody’s differences and needs.

History Policy

History Topic Map