History

Intent

At Woodseaves the aim of teaching and learning in History is to explore and think critically about the facts and opinions of people and events to gain a sound understanding of how historical events and significant figures have shaped the modern world and importance and impact Britain has played throughout these changes in time. We strive to ensure that children can make links between what they already know and are currently learning, as well as link their learning to current events in their own lives and the world around them.

At Woodseaves, we are committed to providing our children with an engaging and positive learning environment, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of their own lives as well as the history of Britain and the wider World.

Implementation

Our teaching enables children to think like historians, examine and enquire as historians would. Exploring artefacts and sources children are inspired to extend their knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Teaching in line with the National Curriculum as well as incorporating cross-curricular topics, children come to understand that History and specific events have influenced many aspects of our culture, beliefs, routines, and developments of today. By the end of their time with us, children will have a chronological understanding of many aspects of local, national and international history. Please see our history progression documents for further information of what is taught in history at Woodseaves and when.

Children focus on history themes throughout the academic year. Whilst they portray a period of History children are encouraged to compare with other periods and explore similarities, differences and impact on our current lives.

Our experiences and opportunities for children to; ask perceptive questions, think critically, develop judgement and argue their beliefs inspire children to be curious and find out more about the past.

It is important that all children are provided with opportunities to experience and visit sites of historical significance as well as engage with the wider community and visitors who can re-enact or relive their own experiences of past events.

Impact:

At Woodseaves, we ensure that our children can begin to understand the complexities of people’s lives through changes in time. We strive to create a good understanding of the diversities of societies and how the relationships between different groups have also changed throughout History. Through our Christian values, children are given the opportunity to frequently think about their identity and how we can be grateful we can be for the impact significant figures have had on the world we currently live in.

We assess children’s historical knowledge and skills through the use of knowledge organisers, mini quizzes and moderating their work.