At Cupernham Junior School, we believe that the teaching of History is integral for supporting children to develop vital tools for lifelong learning. Through inspiring, first-hand experiences with educational trips and visitors, as well as stimulating topics - such as ancient civilisations and local studies - children are encouraged to analyse, evaluate and think critically in a progressive way, as they make their way up the school.
By igniting the children’s curiosity with engaging topics, they gain a chronological story of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. They are encouraged to constantly enquire and make judgements and ask questions about change, cause and consequence among other vital historical concepts and skills suitable to their own individual needs and knowledge. Significantly, British values are at the heart of the history curriculum at Cupernham. We promote tolerance, diversity and democracy through the teaching of History. This, importantly, also enables children to explore their own identities in relation to the eras taught.
History should be planned using the six step approach to Historical Enquiry and Hampshire’s Medium Term Planning format. The latter will in order skills and progression is brought to the forefront of planning, as will using the progression skills document while planning for History. It will also provide teachers with opportunities to consider assessment and the evidence of it. The six step approach provides ideas for the types of activities teachers can plan at each step of the enquiry. Prior knowledge must be assessed (through use of KWL grids) and seen in books and planning should be differentiated accordingly. Chris Quigley’s documents will support differentiation through ‘BAD’ learning. Evidence of skills and objectives attained must be seen in books even if this is just an annotated picture of active or whole class learning with the LO displayed. Other ways to evidence learning is through cross curricula opportunities (with English especially) or explicit tasks in a History lesson.