Here at Collis, we aim to use a cross curricular approach to our pupils’ learning. We have created relevant and exciting school based learning and trips that build upon the children’s historical knowledge (chronologically) and develop their key historical skills. Through our curriculum, we are committed to all pupils leaving Collis knowing more and remembering more; to foster a life-long love of history and a curiosity to extend this outside of school.
The National Curriculum for History states:
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Through our varied approaches to teaching and learning our intention is that knowledge and skills are transferred from their short-term memory to their long-term memory.
History lessons show a progression of knowledge and skills, which enable the children to learn in a variety of approaches, to deepen their understanding of the History curriculum. Using a range of resources and key vocabulary, children are given the opportunity to ask questions around their learning and research to help solve their answers. They actively share their ideas within focused discussion opportunities (using a range of appropriate historical vocabulary) drawing comparisons between ‘then’ and ‘now’. To ensure the children’s learning is embedded within a topic or theme, history ‘straddles’ the curriculum: through English, Science, Computing, Geography, Music, Maths, Art, PE and RE, as well as through class, year group and whole school assemblies. Children take part in a variety of visits and trips to consolidate their learning, pose questions, make sense of what is happening in the wider world and make experiences more memorable.