St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School
History Curriculum Statement
At St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of History, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in History, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.
History helps pupils to 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 the challenges of their time.
Intent – What we are trying to achieve?
Our principal aim is that children leave St. Filumena’s Catholic School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in History formed through interesting and exciting experiences that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning in History as an on-going process, not a one-off event.
Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in History, which will be taught by highly qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.
All children will study History for 1 hour per week
We follow PAINSLEY acronym to ensure teaching follows a succinct style where for prior learning, acquiring new knowledge for our children who have inquiring minds is a key focus. Children are introduced to new vocabulary to understand many terms using a Frayer Model. Children show their understanding with discussion feedback and lots of written practice. We provide opportunities for children to assess their learning within lessons and post-teaching.
Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider such as castles and museums or places of historical interest.
Children will develop a deep understanding of the subjects they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to solve problems and develop the sophistication of History.
Children will understand how Catholic virtues and British Values relate to History.
In History, children will develop the skills to appropriately use research and sources to consider historical information and to develop a range and depth of historical knowledge and chronological understanding.
Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from the best that has been developed and said. For example, museum curators, college and university professors, and historical researchers.
The key areas are concerned with building knowledge, developing understanding of the big ideas and processes of history, and the overall goal of history education: we want young people to gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world. The areas are developed throughout KS1 and KS2 in order to prepare children for secondary education.
Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?
The curriculum hours in History are non-negotiable and will be followed by all staff in the school. Fixed timetables will be set before the academic year and monitored by the Senior Leadership Team of the school.
The subject leader for History will meet the senior leadership team regularly to evaluate provision in order to ensure that teaching and learning in History is outstanding. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in History.
Carefully designed schemes of learning in History ensure consistency and progress of all learners.
Success criteria in every History lesson are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential. This ensures work is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum.
High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Spaced learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early.
High quality input from experts and educational resources complement the delivery of quality learning admirably.
Spaced learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early. An assessment grid is used to formally record an overview of progress of each child.
Children will learn about key figures from history.
They will also experience the following during Key Stage 2:
Meeting and talking to history specialists including secondary teachers and University professors
Gain an understanding from a business leader regarding the importance of learning about history
Visit to a local or national museum. eg The National Arboretum
Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?
Children experience a wide range of learning challenges within the subject and know appropriate responses to them.
Through History, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents.
Visits within History have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in History reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in History and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
Clear outcomes focus and guide all History development plans and drive improvement.
Fundamental British Values are evident in History and children understand how it can celebrate difference.
Through wider reading in History, children will understand how events in history have influenced the modern world.
Children will understand how to decide the reliability of varied sources.
Schemes of Learning
The Scheme of Learning follows the National Curriculum. St. Filumena’s subscribes to the Historical Association and KS History schemes of learning. The schemes allow for appropriate sequencing and aims to secure long-term memory as well as the enjoyment and necessary curiosity of learning history. The progression of skills and knowledge in history are mapped on the following: