We are all Historians at St. Benedict’s!
Our intent is to create a love and interest for History. We aim to help our children to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding and become life-long historians. We want to instil a thirst for knowledge about the past and understand how events have shaped the world we live in today. Our varied History curriculum embraces topics which inspire children to be curious about the past and have the confidence to question and challenge different viewpoints based on Historical evidence.
In St. Benedict’s, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum. Our History topics have been carefully planned to ensure progression of key learning, knowledge and skills.
We encourage children to reflect on the rich history of our local area as well as British and World History.
Staff at St. Benedict’s collaborate to ensure that the long-term planning includes meaningful links, building on prior knowledge from the previous year group.
The National Curriculum for History ensures that all pupils:
- Develop an awareness of people, events and Historical periods.
- Are able to critically think about History by exploring Historical sources.
- Be able to challenge, evaluate and understand Historical evidence and develop their Historical enquiry.
- Have a passion for History and be curious about the past and how people can have different viewpoints and interpret events in different ways.
- To gain an understanding of Historical concepts and vocabulary.
Children in KS2 are given opportunities to evaluate their own learning using the ‘What I already know’ and ‘What I now know’ sheet before and after each topic. We use ‘Balance’ to assess skills, knowledge and understanding in History which will be mapped out on our curriculum grid. Staff use this to inform future planning and to ensure that skills and knowledge are embedded in children’s long-term memory.
Children’s learning is monitored by regular book scrutiny by the History co-ordinator in which constructive feedback is given to staff for future planning. History is also monitored through learning walks and drop-in observations. We value pupil and parent’s voice and opinions and we encourage participation through homework topics and parent visits.