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History

Our Curriculum Intent

Our History curriculum aims to give pupils:

A lasting knowledge of:

  • People, events, situations and developments
  • Chronology and characteristic features
  • A wide range of historical vocabulary

An ability to:

  • Engage in historical enquiry
  • Organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding effectively

A deep understanding of:

  • Evidence (sources)
  • Different interpretations
  • Cause and consequence
  • Change and continuity
  • Similarity and difference
  • Significance

Through our teaching we aim to:

  • Help pupils to develop a moral understanding of our past
  • Inspire pupil’s curiosity
  • Motivate pupils to want to study the subject - nurturing a lifelong engagement with history
  • Give them a sense of identity

What do our pupils think it means to be an Historian?:

Developed by our pupil History Heroes Club 2021

Please click here for a copy of our History Policy

How is our History curriculum planned?

Early Years Provision

Activities and experiences for pupils will be based on the areas of learning and development, as outlined in the DfE’s ‘EYFS Early Adopter Framework’. All activities will adhere to the objectives set out in this framework. In particular, history-based activities will be used to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the ‘Past and Present’.

 

Years 1 to 6 Provision

History is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible (click here to view these links in our Curriculum Overviews). Our school uses the Rising Stars History plans as a framework for breaking down the National Curriculum programmes of study into manageable chunks. All teachers adapt this planning according to the needs of the pupils in their class, including those with SEND. Planning is also adapted to consider the local context, particularly in the case of the local history studies in Years 2, 3 and 6.  Pupils' learning is enriched through visits, visitors, history walks and workshops inspiring pupils' curiosity to want to find out more about the past. There are also opportunities for flexibility in relation to teacher and pupil areas of interest, specialist knowledge and also in response to current events and anniversaries e.g.

 - our recent school 125 year anniversary

 

Please click below to access the following documents:

Every term, teachers send home Knowledge Organisers detailing the key knowledge and vocabulary that pupils are expected to know (and understand) by the end of each History topic. Please see the examples below:

 

TEACHING APPROACHES

  • All topics start with a ‘hook’: This includes enquiry questions, visitors, visits, artefacts, photographs etc.
  • Pupils are presented with Knowledge Organisers at the start of each topic – these are stuck in pupil books at the start of each unit. They include ‘sticky knowledge’ we want pupils to remember and understand, as well as lists of key unit vocabulary including definitions.
  • All planning uses an enquiry approach starting with an enquiry question to investigate (see below). This includes using primary sources and artefacts to answer historical questions.
  • Teachers plan one visit, or visitor, every term to consolidate and enhance learning.
  • Teachers routinely recap on work covered to help pupils retain key knowledge. This includes the use of quizzes.
  • All pupils complete ‘Key Assessment Tasks’ every topic (linked to NC expectations). This helps inform ongoing teacher assessments of attainment and progress.

Local Historical Places of Interest

You may wish to visit the following places with your child-

EYs Local places of interest: Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge Library and local museums
1

My Family History: House on the Hill Toy Museum

Toy Collection: Hillingdon Heritage, Uxbridge Library (Floor 6)

V&A Museum of Childhood

The Greatest Explorers:  National Maritime Museum

2

The Great Fire of London Monument

Museum of London - 1666 Collection

3 Iron Age Roundhouse: Chiltern Open Air Museum
4

Egyptians:  The British Museum

Verulamium Roman Museum and Amphitheatre

5 Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo Artefacts:  The British Museum
6

WW1 and WW2: Battle of Britain Bunker (Uxbridge)

Uxbridge War Memorial

Imperial War Museum (London)

Useful Websites - Class Topics

EYs

Family and Festivals: CBeebies Festivals

1

My Family History - BBC Bitesize Childhood Through Time

The Greatest Explorers - BBC Bitesize Explorers

Great Inventions - Transport: Air Travel Video Clip

2

Bonfire Night: CBBC Bonfire Night

The Great Fire of London: Great Fire of London game

Holidays: Magic Grandad

Our Local Heroes: Hillingdon Local Characters

3

The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages: BBC Bitesize Prehistoric

4

Roman Britain: BBC Bitesize Roman Britain

The Ancient Egyptians: British Museum Collection

Virtual Fieldtrip to the Pyramids

Crime and Punishment: BBC Bitesize Crime and Punishment

5

Journeys: Windrush Generation

The Anglo-Saxons: BBC Bitesize Anglo-Saxons

The Vikings: BBC Bitesize Vikings

6

The Maya: BBC Bitesize Maya Civilisation

The Ancient Greeks: BBC Bitesize Ancient Greece

The Impact of WW1 and WW2 on Uxbridge: Battle of Britain Bunker