At Kings Hill School and Nursery, we believe that our high-quality history curriculum inspires children to become inquisitive learners, wanting to know more about the past and to think and act like historians.
Our history curriculum intends to:
- To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in history and how it relates to modern life.
- To build on pupils’ curiosity of events from the past and understand their significance
- To understand how human achievements have influenced society
- To use a range of historical sources to enhance pupils understanding and encourage analytical thinking
- To develop a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past
- To understand the similarities and differences between the present and the pas and to understand that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours
- To address and devise historically valid questions and instruct informed responses
- To introduce pupils to historical vocabulary
- To develop pupils’ use of computing in their historical studies
- To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials
- To distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Low stake quizzing through retrieval practice that is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory.
- Written assignments that allow them to explore the time period they are learning about in a reported style.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- A knowledge organiser, which outlines knowledge, including vocabulary.
Our history curriculum is enriching and of a high quality. It tracks the child’s learning journey of history through their school experience to allow for progression and retention. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods.
- End of topic assessments
- Written pieces around their topic
- Pupil discussions about their learning
Beyond the Curriculum
Wednesday 24 November 2021 Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Year 3 have been thoroughly enjoying their history unit - The Stone Age to the Iron Age. Last week, we looked at houses from these times and considered why certain materials were used. We learnt all about the amazing Skara Brae and the children were fascinated when they found out it was hidden for thousands of years!
Tuesday 23 November 2021 Year 2 Fossil Workshop Year 2 had a fantastic morning when they became palaeontologists this week! The children were able to show off their super knowledge of Mary Anning and fossils throughout the workshop, impressing Jonothan with their knowledge of body and trace fossils. The children were able to explain how fossils are formed and remembered that many fossils have been discovered on the Dorset coast, where Mary Anning once lived. The children had a wonderful time excavating and identifying the different fossils. They worked extremely carefully to brush the sand off the fossils so that they could begin to identify them. The children found fossils of a skull, teeth, claws, tail and an eye socket! They even found an Ichthyosaur fossil; similar to Mary Anning's findings! The children were impeccably behaved and they showcased their knowledge brilliantly. Well done Year 2