At Glusburn Community Primary School, we believe that knowledge rich History lessons will inspire all children to develop a sense of curiosity about the past, as well as a desire to embrace a variety of activities and experiences across a range of History topics.
“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”
History shares its place within humanities alongside Geography. Following the Long Term Plan, History is taught in all year groups in the Autumn and Summer terms. Blocking allows children sufficient time to become fluent in their knowledge, and recalls will ensure this is embedded in their long term memory: sequenced History lessons deepens children’s knowledge and allows them to fully investigate places and their features before moving them on to new content.
Children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past; understand chronology; communicate historically and build an overview of local history, Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
In KS1 and KS2 History lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, ensuring that there is chronology in History and enabling children to communicate their knowledge fluently with a mastery of knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts. Each topic in KS1 and KS2 begins with an enquiry question such as ‘How did early man survive and adapt from The Stone Age to The Iron Age?’ followed by a sequence of lessons focussing on historical vocabulary, concepts and knowledge, enabling children to develop answers to the overall enquiry questions by the end of each unit. Children communicate their ideas in a variety of ways and make cross curricular links with subjects such as art, PSHCE, geography and English through reading and comprehension activities.
School trips to places of historical interest include: Eden Camp, Cliffe Castle Museum and Glusburn Institute, which bring learning to life enabling children to embed prior learning and inspire them to develop new lines of enquiry. The introduction of historical artefact boxes within some lessons also enables children to explore a variety of historical sources, promoting curiosity, discussion and debate about lives in the past.
How is History enabled in the Early Years?
In Early Years, History is taught through the Specific area of Understanding the World: Past & Present as well as People, Culture & Communities and is enabled through for example: providing activities and opportunities for children to share experiences and knowledge from different parts of their lives with each other; providing ways of preserving memories of special events, e.g. making a book, collecting photographs, tape recording, drawing, writing and storytelling provide opportunities for children to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
How does the History curriculum reflect our school’s values and ethos?
As a rights respecting school, all children are encouraged to think, reflect, discuss, debate and evaluate historical events in order to support their learning; to think as historians; and to develop their empathy and global citizenship. History and its impact on our lives today is often reflected upon within significant events throughout the year, such as Remembrance Day, where all children, including EYFS, take part in Remembrance services at school and at local cenotaphs embedding our school value of respect.
UNCRC ARTICLE 29: Education should help develop every child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to the full. It should develop children’s respect for their own rights and those of others, for their parents, for their own culture and the cultures of others, and for the natural environment.