We want all our children at The Spinney Primary School to understand that history is the narrative of the past and by learning about the past, they can better understand the world they live in today and make informed decisions that will shape the future. They will be inspired to think of consequences of actions on a bigger scale and consider their role now and in the future.
We want the children to leave The Spinney being able to ask critical questions that enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world. Importantly, through studies of different cultures and historical perspectives, Spinney children will be more able to show respect, tolerance and empathy. The children will leave the school in Year 6 having a good chronological understanding and have a good substantial knowledge of the areas of history they have studied, and they will be able to articulate how one time period links to another. They will understand that our past is constructed from a range of sources and use them to interpret the past. Furthermore, the children will have an understanding of abstract concepts and give examples of events in the past that demonstrate these (e.g. empire, democracy, nation, authority). We want to ensure the children are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life in the wider world.
How we plan and teach history at The Spinney Primary School
History is taught each term, and, through an enquiry led approach, teachers carefully plan sequences of lessons across a unit that will build on and develop the children's substantive knowledge, understanding of historical disciplinary concepts and skills.
At The Spinney we recognise that learning knowledge is not an endpoint in itself, it is a springboard to learning more knowledge. each unit is underpinned by a knowledge organiser that ensures curriculum content is rich in substantive knowledge and ambitious vocabulary whilst also ensuring children are developing the conceptual knowledge, such as democracy or 'empire'. Alongside historical knowledge, the children at The Spinney can learn historical skills, As the children progress through the school, they will develop their enquiry, interpretation and communication skills.
Our curriculum is mapped to enable children to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time., progressing through the curriculum from local, to British and world history. In Key Stage1, they will start by learning about chronology through events from their own past and their families past. They will then learn about people and events from their locality. Their studies fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. As they progress through the key stage, they will demonstrate a growing confidence and accuracy when using historical vocabulary, such as 'evidence', 'explorer' and artefact. In Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study, begin to identify trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms such as 'ancient' and 'civilisation'. The explicit mapping and rigorous teaching of vocabulary ensures that children can gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'empire' or 'parliament'.
The impact of our History curriculum can clearly be seen in the children's Humanities books. Our rich History curriculum is also evident in the texts that we have selected for our children to read, displays in our classrooms, class assemblies, and the historical narratives our children recount. We believe that if children have become knowledgeable historians, then they will be able to articulate their understanding with confidence. This is why pupil voice is an important tool in assessing whether children have made progress. Children will be assessed throughout the term orally and through careful teacher observations, which will be used to inform future planning. Children at The Spinney will gain 'sticky' knowledge that will be retained in their long term memory. Children will be able to demonstrate this knowledge by making links within and between periods of time they have studied. They will be able to talk or write about events that have happened in the past, but more importantly, how these have impacted Britain and the world as we know it today. By the end of Key Stage 2, children are able to give articulate definitions of key historical conceptual threads that run through the curriculum, such as democracy, authority and civilisation, as well as support these definitions with historical examples.