Aiming to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past (and that of the wider world), the 2014 National Curriculum specifies key areas for children to study. Through this, children at Caedmon learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift through arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History should help children understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.
History at Caedmon
History at Caedmon is taught through teaching one history topic per term. A typical sequence of lessons will last for one full half-term, beginning with a week dedicated to the topic. This provides teachers the time to engage and enthuse children in their topic and find out what they already know and what they would like to find out so that they can use the National Curriculum skills and adapt it to the children’s needs and interests. Teachers will create a creative curriculum overview for topics and these will be sent home to parents at the start of each new topic. This enables parents to provide further opportunities if deemed appropriate and to have an understanding of what their child is learning about.
At Caedmon, we want children to explore and enjoy History through a range of activities and experiences. We aim to provide children with opportunities to explore historical evidence, research using ICT, explore the past through art and historical artefacts and visit museums such as Beamish and Bede’s World.
At Caedmon we created our own History policy which incorporates topics and objectives from the National Curriculum and allocates them to year groups to ensure a full coverage of topics and skills set out by the National Curriculum. We have developed our own assessment statements linked to subject knowledge and skills to help make decisions about children's level of understanding. In Early Years, children are encouraged to explore History through their own life and family.
Children's understanding of history will always be influenced by discussions in class about the nature of the societies being studied. History provides many opportunities to compare and contrast past events with modern equivalents, allowing exploration of British Values at a variety of levels. Two such examples are the way older children learn about the causes (and consequences) of the World Wars in the early part of the last century or how younger children learn more about life in Victorian Britain. Both of these topics naturally raise a number of talking points for curious children.
History is not considered a 'core subject' like Maths and Literacy. Children are taught skills from the National Curriculum. Teachers will use questioning, observation and outcomes of work to assess these skills. Teachers use informal assessments to inform their planning and to plan next steps for children.
Subject Leader: Mr Siddons