History

 

Statement of Intent


At Hill Top Primary Academy, we shape our History curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive and accessible to all pupils. Our aims are to fulfil the National Curriculum for History throughout all year groups; providing a broad and balanced curriculum which fully encompasses British Values, is differentiated and inspiring to all, and ensures progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills.


Throughout our History curriculum we aim to inspire a curiosity and interest in Britain’s past and that of the wider world. By combining the teaching of History with other subjects through our IPC, we give children opportunities to further develop their understanding and knowledge of each topic.


Our teaching equips pupils with a knowledge of History which is broad and balanced. History at Hill Top Primary Academy ensures that children have an understanding of our local area and Britain, and how our country has been impacted by the wider world. Through the use of practical activities such as fieldwork and educational visits, we aim to inspire and stimulate a curiosity of History which is developed both inside, and out of the classroom.


Our History curriculum ensures that our children:

  • Know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world, including ancient civilisations and empire
  • Understand changes in living memory and beyond living memory
  • Learn about the lives of significant people of the pas
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer question

We develop this knowledge by providing children with the following skills

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past
  • 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.

Implementation

 

History at Hill Top is taught through the developed use of the International Primary Curriculum. Alongside this, we endeavour to cover the relevant age-related National Curriculum for each year group. The IPC develops the knowledge and understanding of History and gives teachers opportunities to implement engaging, captivating and exciting elements to History lessons. We often invite outside visitors into school our History lessons and have developed strong links with Historical acting companies. Our lessons stimulate an evolving sense of curiosity about the past and encourage children to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, through a wide range of sources.

Our History curriculum ensures that our children have a vast knowledge and understanding of historical events throughout, and beyond their lifetimes. By teaching History through the International Primary Curriculum, we enable children to embrace challenging activities and think critically about history. The assessment of this knowledge is ongoing with formative assessment tools such as online quizzes and green-pen corrective work. When we begin a new Historical topic, Knowledge Harvests are completed by children prior to teaching in order to establish a clear base of understanding from which to start from. When concluding a topic, these Knowledge Harvests are then edited to show where knowledge has developed throughout the topic.

The teaching of History at Hill Top provides excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past and develops an ongoing ability to formulate and refine questions and lines of enquiry. We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced History curriculum.