History at Eling Infant School
At Eling Infant School, we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to deliver the full requirements of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that includes our British Values throughout. Historical knowledge and skills will be taught progressively and continually so that learning is embedded into our children’s long-term memory.
At Eling Infant School, our intent is to create independent historians who are curious about Britain’s past, the world and about their own past. Our teaching will allow children to understand how our country has been influenced by the wider world, understanding that major events have had a knock on effect. Children will be taught about changes in living memory and beyond living memory, learn about the lives of significant people of the past, learn about events beyond living memory that have been significantly nationally or globally and learn about the history of their own locality. We are lucky enough to have a working tide mill, with its own history that we must explore. The children will learn skills and methods to become historians, gaining knowledge through classroom learning, artifacts, educational visits and use of fieldwork. Primary and secondary resources, along with real experiences, will enable our children to full embrace different parts of our history.
Through high standards of teaching, we will implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History will be taught every half term, focusing on the knowledge and skills set out in the National Curriculum. History will have the same importance as all other subjects. We will sequence learning, layering and building upon previous skills so that it is embedded in the long term memory of the children. Continual assessment will allow opportunities to re-teach and move on. Children will be given hand on experiences to develop their history enquiry skills, but will also be able to use visits to gain other historical understanding.
The impact and measure will be that our children leave year 2 with the historical skills and knowledge needed to be ready for the KS2 curriculum. We want them to enjoy being ‘historians’, independently learning about the past. The language and skills needed to be a historian will be fully embedded.
(Reviewed by subject leader September 2019.)