At Perranporth CP School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:
An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
Learning about the concept of chronology, which underpins children’s developing sense of period, as well as key concepts such as change and causation.
The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;
A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
We plan a curriculum that is progressive and ensures that learning is fun, challenging and engaging. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master;
A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;
Appropriate curriculum themed home learning activities which children complete with adults
Progression within the curriculum is clear: it starts with what is familiar to children and extends outwards. History is taught so that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge and skills are identified and consideration is given to ensure progression throughout each year group across the school.
Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is shared with parents in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning.
Links are built with other subjects, predominantly but not exclusively with geography, writing, drama, art and music.
More detail can be found in our History Schemes of Work (SOW).
Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.By the time they leave Perranporth School, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the areas of the History curriculum
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit.
A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
A celebration of learning/memorable experience for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
Children’s discussions and interviewing the children about their learning (pupil voice).
Formative assessment at the end of each unit.
Governor monitoring with our subject governor.
Photo evidence and images of the children practical learning.
Learning walks and reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).