History at Shibden Head
At Shibden Head Primary Academy, we believe children learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning and it is for this reason that we have put so much effort, energy and enthusiasm into our Learning Challenge Curriculum. We aim to give children a broad understanding of History through creative, hands-on learning activities that engage and inspire the children. The teaching of History gives our children the opportunity to develop knowledge of the past and develop a good understanding of how historical events have an impact on our lives today. History is taught in every year group during Spring term.
Aims and Objectives
• Children will develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
• Children will be able to identify connections, contrasts and trends over time.
• Children will develop the ability to use historical terms accurately.
• Children will develop the ability to ask historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance.
• Children will gain knowledge of the past through a range of sources.
• Children will have the opportunity to use primary and secondary sources to find answers to historical questions.
• We ensure that children have a broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum.
The Teaching of History at Shibden Head
The Academy follows the National Curriculum for History, whilst also using the Focus Academy Learning Challenge framework where appropriate. A long-term plan is in place for the teaching of History. Children begin by learning about events from the past within their lifetime, moving on to exploring historically significant events and people beyond living memory. In Key Stage 2, children develop a chronological understanding of British, local and world history including learning about the Stone Age and Iron Age; the Roman Empire; Anglo Saxons and Vikings; as well as conducting a local history study to find out more about the history of Queensbury and our local area. In Upper Key Stage 2, children are taught about how the earliest civilisations’ and the Ancient Greeks’ achievements have influenced life today.
We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts (each year group explores relevant artefacts through the use of History loan boxes during their History half term) and, wherever appropriate, arranging historical educational visits or bringing in specialist visitors for in-school workshops.
To complement the knowledge content of each History Learning Challenge, each year group is taught historical skills. These include developing chronological understanding, asking relevant and open historical questions, using primary and secondary sources to find the answers to questions, comparing and contrasting places and periods and analysing causes and effects of events. These skills are taught at a higher level as children progress through school.
The content of the History curriculum is primarily taught in the Spring term. There is a History-based question that forms the foundation of the Learning Challenge theme. This question is broken down further through the asking of more focused questions which allow the children to investigate specific areas of the period they are studying. Each class documents their learning using a Learning Challenge big book that provides samples of work, photographs and comments from the children that evidence their historical learning and understanding.
At Shibden Head, we believe that educational visits, visitors, and access to quality and accurate resources are key to the delivery of the History curriculum, and allow our children to fully engage and explore the area of history they are learning. In school, children have access to appropriate and engaging primary sources through the provision of History boxes. The library at Shibden Head has a stock of books relevant to the topics we teach. Each year group also holds books and objects that the children will have on display and have regular access to throughout their learning. Children are also encouraged to use technology safely and accurately to research or present work using iPads or the ICT suite in school.