At Cavendish Primary School we believe that high-quality History lessons will inspire children to be curious about the past and will encourage them to develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s rich heritage and that of the wider world.
Our history curriculum provides children with the opportunity to understand the complexity of the lives of people from the past and how their lives have shaped Britain. By stimulating their interest, children will be able to learn and understand the process of change over time, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as the children’s own identities and the challenges of their time. We want all children at Cavendish to learn skills such as perceptive questioning, how to think critically, how to weigh evidence, sift through arguments and develop their own perception and judgements.
Our high-quality history curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils while equipping them with the knowledge and skills to interpret and understand evidence from the past and help them form their own interpretations and ideas through discrete history lessons, cross-curricular lessons, visits and as part of home learning.
All history taught in our foundation stage setting is an integral part of the national curriculum’s learning objectives for the Understanding of the World framework. All children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. History makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them through activities such as dressing up in historical costumes, looking at pictures of famous people in history or discovering the meaning of old and new in relation to their own lives.
In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two we follow the key principles set out in the national curriculum by teaching historical skills over a number of time periods such as Stone Age to Iron Age, the Egyptians, World War II and the Victorians.
At Cavendish we strive to develop the children’s enquiry skills through the use of questioning, by setting the children’s tasks and exposing them to experiences which will help their research skills.
Lessons may be taught as whole class sessions, group activities or individual tasks dependent on the structure of the class and the content of the lesson. At Cavendish we use a variety of approaches to cater for all learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
These will include:
- Classroom displays
- Role play and drama
- Artwork/model making/craft work
- Use of photographs
- Educational visits.
At Cavendish we really love to celebrate the children’s work by creating displays in the classrooms and on display boards in the corridors. This way the children are able to share their work with other children across the school thereby creating a community to share knowledge and understanding.