The teacher responsible for this area is: Roberta Giocondi (KS2 Teacher and History Co-Ordinator).
This policy is intended to inform members of Staff, Governors and Parents with regard to the purpose of an approaches to History within our school.
Aims and Outcomes:
At the Academy of Cuxton Schools, we aim to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people. We help pupils gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. By considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today.
The objectives of teaching History are:
School Curriculum / Framework:
History in our school will follow the framework guidance in the National Curriculum. It will be taught through cross curricular subjects mentioned in the Cornerstones Curriculum and when times are appropriate, standalone lessons will be taught i.e. the story of Guy Fawkes and Armistice Day.
Teaching and Learning:
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. The expectations are that learning and teaching styles will differ from each lesson and will address the needs and wants of the children and the subject being taught. At the Academy of Cuxton Schools, we utilise many learning and teaching styles. History will be taught through theme based lessons planned within the Cornerstones Curriculum alongside and within our curriculum subjects, e.g., literacy, I.C.T.
We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. We recognise and value the importance of cross curricular learning, drama and storytelling in History teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past.
Foundation Stage - We teach History in Reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. Children work against the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. History makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world, through activities such as dressing up in historical costumes, looking at pictures of famous people in history, or discovering the meaning of vocabulary (“new”, and “old”, for example) in relation to their own lives.
Key Stage 1 - Pupils learn about their own lives, about their families and friends in the recent past and about people and events form the more distant past. Many of the people and events selected for study are used to prepare the way for a better, deeper understanding of the same or similar periods at Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 2 - Pupils work on all the areas of study identified in the National Curriculum, including both the Victorians and Britain in World War 2. Teachers make references back to, and draw upon, pupils’ learning at Key Stage 1.
History at the Academy of Cuxton Schools contributes to the community by promoting the study and understanding of local sites, including the direct locality of the school. This is in order for children to have an understanding of their local heritage; to develop a sense of pride in the community ensuring they are willing and able to protect the history, environment and culture for future generations.
Equal Opportunities, Special Educational Needs and British Values:
We believe that all children have the right to have sensible questions answered honestly, regardless of gender, religion or culture. We also realise that any inappropriate behaviour must be dealt with swiftly.
Children with needs will be given support as necessary.
History promotes the understanding of British Values through the study of ancient and modern cultures which extolls or inhibits these values.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development:
In our teaching of History we contribute where possible to the children’s spiritual development as in the Key Stage One unit of work, “What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?” We also provide children with the opportunity to discuss moral questions, or what is right and wrong through various historical topics. The History programme of study enables children to understand that Britain’s rich cultural heritage can be further enriched by the multi-cultural British society of today.
A range of resources are being collected to assist with supporting and enhancing learning in History. The local library also contains a supply of topic books to support children’s individual research that are distributed and relevant to topics being taught amongst each year group.
Assessment: Recording and Reporting:
Teachers assess children’s work on a regular basis through both formal and informal methods of assessment such as work narking or discussing work. We have expectations of what the children will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each key stage.
A comment relating to History may be included in the annual report/targets sent out to parents and careers on children’s progress.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
The History co-ordinator is responsible for monitoring the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching and learning. There will be on-going evaluation and monitoring of the programme for History.
This policy should be read in conjunction with others including British Values and the Cornerstones Curriculum.
This policy will be reviewed in July 2020 as part of our on-going review cycle.