SHINE in History

Succeed

We want all pupils to confidently understand significant events in History of Britain and the wider world and develop their knowledge and understanding using critical thinking and a range of evidence. We intend to evoke a passion for historical enquiry and how it influences their own lives today.

Happy

We will provide a fun, stimulating learning environment to ensure children experience enjoyment within their History lessons, where our learning walls are language rich and accessible to all.  Pupil’s attitudes are acknowledged and praised which encourages and promotes their confidence in History.

Inspire

We inspire all pupils through our inclusive History curriculum which encourages participation in the subject by all abilities. Pupils are motivated by having the opportunity to apply their new learning across the curriculum in other subjects. Through the wide range of trips and resources available to the History curriculum, children are inspired to gain and deploy a greater historical understanding and how views of the past have developed.

Nurture

We will build strong relationships between pupils and teachers, where pupil voice is highly valued.  We will scaffold and provide learning opportunities, whilst celebrating and supporting diversity, adapting a stimulating approach. At Bantock, we teach the History of the wider world, as well as Britain which ensures that all pupils are exposed to a range of cultures.

Educate

We will treat all pupils as individuals, monitoring their progress from their unique starting points and plan to ensure they understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed through a range of sources. It is essential that our pupils are familiar with timelines of events and specific key terminology to allow them to take accountability for their own learning, which can encourage thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

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Aims
The aim of history teaching at Bantock Primary School is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In our school history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.

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Curriculum Overview

The National Curriculum for History (DfE, 2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, 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.
· Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of
ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
· Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of key terminology such as ‘chronology’, ’empire’ 
and ‘civilisation’.
· Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
· 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.
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites that are local and of historical significance. We incorporate visitors into learning to come into school to act out historical events from the past. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’, about information they are given.

Teaching of History will be successful when:
· Learning is stimulated and supported through an engaging stimuli at the beginning of the topic (such as a video or a mystery box) and at points during the topic (such as visits or visitors)
· Opportunities are well planned, prepared and delivered, ensuring good progress is made in the short term (in a lesson), medium (across a series of lessons) and long term (over a term, across the year)
· The learning environment is ordered, the atmosphere is purposeful and children feel safe. Learning walls that reference and scaffold immediate as well as progressive learning are used consistently.
· Learning opportunities incorporate cross curricular skills that enthuse, engage and motivate children as well as foster their curiosity for learning.
· Rigorous, accurate formative and summative assessment is at the heart of Teaching and Learning so that there is continuous provision for supporting, up-levelling and extending the learning of each child, at each level of attainment.

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