What do we want to achieve for our children?
In history lessons at Culworth Primary Academy, we aim to bring the curriculum to life through having visitors to school, visiting sites of historical importance and ensuring children have access to historical artefacts. We strive to ignite a child’s natural curiosity to reflect, explore and discover an understanding of British history and that of the wider world, with an acknowledgement that God is with us in our learning journey. We strive to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History by providing: a board, balanced and differentiated curriculum, ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for history.
Alongside this, we aim to incorporate British Values into our history curriculum, promoting values such as mutual respect, tolerance and individual liberty. We aim for pupils at Culworth Primary Academy to be engaged and motivated to deepen their knowledge of specific eras linked to the history curriculum.
How will we achieve this?
Our history curriculum is delivered primarily through our termly topics that cover a wide range of areas linked to the National Curriculum. The key historical skills as set out in the National Curriculum underpin the planning, teaching and learning of history at Culworth Primary Academy. These skills are: analysing and debating the reliability of sources, making comparisons between historical periods, drawing conclusions and making links between events. Cross-curricular links will be evident in our history curriculum; art work is often linked to our topic and writing skills will be consolidated and applied in history lessons.
Each unit includes opportunities for children to investigate, handle artefacts, pictorial and video evidence (where appropriate), take part in role play activities, visit relevant sites or museums and engage with historical characters and ways of life. Through these topics, pupils will develop a good understanding of our local history and environment, showing respect for the differences between people throughout history. All pupils will develop a sense of chronology in relation to their past, Britain’s history, as well as that of a wider world, all while continuing to underpin our values and school vision. At Culworth Primary Academy, we firmly believe in ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you’ (Matthew:7.12). In history lessons, we strive to ensure that pupils are respectful of any differences that become apparent between ourselves and the historical figures that we learn about.
What will this look like and how will it support my child now and in the future?
The learning taking place in history lessons at Culworth will be evident through interactive and engaging classroom displays linked our topics and time lines will be on display throughout the year and will be referred to during each unit. Whilst doing this, we aim to fuel excitement and curiosity year upon year motivating our pupils to be passionate for History readying them to become pioneers of the future. Our pupils will have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
During our recent topic of Peasants are Revolting, we had a history workshop. The children experienced dressing up in costume, food tasting and spent a whole day enacting the life of a Viking.