Please click on the following links to view our history curriculum in each year group:
You can read our rationale for the teaching and learning of history at South Failsworth here.
At South Failsworth, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Furthermore, it helps our pupils know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; the lives of significant people of the past; methods of historical enquiry and it also develops pupils’ ability to ask and answer questions.
Our progressive history curriculum outlines the chronological understanding, knowledge & interpretation and historical enquiry in each year group, as well as identifying key facts and subject specific vocabulary.
We aim for our pupils to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge, skills and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum. Key skills of communication, mathematics, ICT, problem solving, improving own performance and working with others are promoted through our unique creative curriculum, ‘Our World’. Key facts and vocabulary are shared with pupils through the use of knowledge organisers, which pupils use at school and at home.
At South Failsworth we teach history through an initial enquiry question. Each enquiry question will focus on one or more of the following second order concepts: causation and consequence, change and continuity, significance, historical interpretations, and similarity and difference.
We deliver history within a meaningful context and where possible cross-curricular links are explored, however we make our history learning explicit to the children and encourage them to think like ‘historians’. At South Failsworth, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at South Failsworth are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. History is monitored by a subject leader throughout each year group using a variety of strategies, such as book monitoring, lesson observations and pupil interviews to discuss learning and establish impact. In addition, summative assessment is completed by all class teachers.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.