History is taught at least three times per year through a dilemma based curriculum. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
Language is at the heart of history. Speaking and listening and discussion and debate are crucial historical skills to develop. In History we explore people's feelings, conditions, motives, relationships and we encourage and develop questioning and interpretation of texts and artefacts. We ask children to engage in: group discussion to generate ideas, talk through their thinking processes, discuss different interpretations of a source, justify statements made, pair problem-solving, reciprocal teaching, evaluating their own learning. Throughout the years at Willowcroft children will be taught historical language which will be used and build on year on year. This will enable them to use historical terminology when discussing and writing historical accounts.
The children will have a range of experiences linked to history. These will include looking at a range of artefacts, visitors coming to school to bring the history to life, themed days where children get to dress in clothes from the period in history, taste food and take part in activities. Where possible children will have opportunities to visit historical places of interest linked to the topics studied.
History teaches us important lessons to the past which can be applied to the present and the future. There are many incidences of noticeable historical figures demonstrating qualities which we encourage through Amethyst Learning. Examples of this are The resilience of the Evacuees in WW2, the resourcefulness of the Mayans, the curiosity demonstrated by the Egyptians and the innovation of the Romans.
Power to change the world
Through the study of history children will learn how different people have impacted the world. They will also study events in history and think about the cause and effect of these. We will encourage children to learn from past events and apply this learning to create a safe and sustainable future.
Impact will be measured through the use of simple quizzes at the end of topics, pupil and parent voice and also through teacher observations of the transference of knowledge into other curriculum areas, an example of this could be a newspaper report about the Romans or the design of a Victorian Bridge. All units of work will end with an some kind of outcome, this will depend on the particular topic.