History

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History

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SUCCEED
 – Pupils at Bantock are set challenged but achievable goals so they are motivated to succeed in their learning.
HAPPY – A culture of enjoyment in the learning of History is developed so that they are happy to participate in learning.
INSPIRE – Engaging delivery of lessons serves to inspire pupils to become life-long historians.
NURTURE – Early identification of pupils’ abilities serves to nurture individuals to become independent learners.
EDUCATE – Bantock Primary School understand the critical value of preparing children for their next stage in their education.

Mission Statement
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.

Mission Statement
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

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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 abstract terms such as
‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
· 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 encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in 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.