The aims of the History Curriculum at Rednal Hill Junior School are:
- To develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world;
- To inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past and to ask perceptive questions;
- To think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
- To know and understand the history of chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;
- To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
Delivery of History Lessons at Rednal Hill Junior School
Topics are taught over a period of 7 weeks, rotating between history and geography.
Historical knowledge and skills are taught through exciting and relevant topics across the key stage. Each topic is driven by an enquiry question linked to a historical concept. Children’s learning progressively builds so that they are able to share their understanding at the end of the topic by answering the enquiry question and celebrating their new learning. All topics have historical themes attached to them which enables children to develop a fundamental understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
Progression in skills is supported through a History Skills Progression document which identifies age-related expectations for key historical skills:
- Chronological Understanding
- Interpretations of History
- Historical Enquiry
Our character, Hastings the owl, supports pupils in understanding the historical skills that they are learning.
Knowledge prompt cards are used in each unit to outline age-related expectations for key historical knowledge and vocabulary.
Our History curriculum helps our children 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.
Miss L. Fitzpatrick & Miss N. Brown
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