We see History as the study of past events, particularly in regard to people and their influence on the 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. They learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In studying History we feel we can help our children to understand how people and events in the past have influenced their lives today.
Why our History curriculum looks like this:
Our History curriculum includes termly study areas for all children from Year 1 to Year 6. We aim to offer a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.Our curriculum aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We believe teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects such as English and art.
How History is taught at Ludwell:
Our History curriculum aims to excite our children and allow them to develop their own skills as historians. We encourage regular references to timelines and how topics fit together as well as a hands-on approach involving artefacts and outreach programmes such as the SAVED project with Shaftesbury Abbey so as to bring history alive to our young learners. We also ensure that children attend lots of trips off site so that they can become immersed in their learning and deepen their understanding of subjects studied. Our history teaching allows opportunities for cross curricular links to be made to ensure the children have many occasions where by they can apply their knowledge and understanding and make meaningful links across a variety of subject areas.
Process for teaching history throughout school should include:
- Begin with action timeline that should include add-ons from previous years teaching/ start with learning the basic timeline so that it is known by the time the history topic begins. By doing this, we are using timelines as a teaching strategy that can help students construct an understanding of historical events over time, even the youngest students. Literature can be used to show, model, and help students develop concepts about time, continuity, and change in social studies as a basis for developing timelines. Also, by asking the children what actions to include for the period of time studied, they are making their own mark on history as the timeline moves through school.
- Use artefacts as a WOW to the start of a topic as well as throughout the topic. This will encourage the children to become history detectives by getting them to think about what the artefact is for, where it is from and how old it is. Artefacts help pupils question and understand the past.
- Outreach intervention: inviting people into school to talk about; demonstrate or re-enact aspects or periods in history has the effect of bringing history alive to the children and provides them with a more visual view of the topic they are covering.
- Use of ICT to support learning and make the curriculum accessible for everyone.
- End the topic with the adapted action timeline so that the children know where their topic fits in history and in relation to other episodes in history.
- Make sure as many women as men are studied
- We also ensure that our children are taught about black history and other important figures from BME groups- at Ludwell, we are developing global citizens who will be tolerant, understanding and positive above equality, diversity and inclusion.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Ludwell are equipped with the historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.