- For children to see history as detectives
- For children to be inquisitive about the past
- For children to have a secure knowledge and understanding of chronology; from the earliest to the present day
- To use historical vocabulary
- To understand such ideas as continuity and change
- To ask questions
- To use and know the difference between primary and secondary resources
- To be exposed and to explore hands on artefacts
- Children should be taught changes in living memory
- Children should be taught events beyond living memory, nationally or globally
- For children to learn about significant individuals
At Whitings Hill History is taught in units throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning.
- Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each unit and theses are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically.
- Children will be given a knowledge organiser at the start of each topic, which details some key information, dates and vocabulary to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and as a reference document
- Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points
- Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
- At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.
- Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for
- The history provision is resourced and specific resources are mapped to specific year groups and units
- Children are given opportunities, where possible, to study artefacts, leading to enquiry, investigation and interpretation
- Children are encouraged to discover links and connections to the history they learn and the wider community and locality
- Barnet’s School library service is fully utilised to provide additional termly resources.
- Educational visits and visitors enrich the learning experiences of all children
- Key questions and examples of children’s work are display to create a rich learning environment