History does not belong to us; we belong to it.....
At Manor Park we aim to offer a high-quality history education that will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire their curiosity to know more, and through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, they will begin to understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. The curriculum will also equip our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Alongside this, it will also help them to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and overall underpin a life - long love and thirst for learning.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught in blocks throughout the year, as part of a half-termly project, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each project and consideration has been given to ensure progression across projects throughout each year group across the school. Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at Manor Park and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. To do this successfully, as historians, we ensure that opportunities are given to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and they have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skills that will help them in their adult life.
The impact of the History curriculum is triangulated using several measures. The teaching of History is monitored through Lesson Observations, Data Analysis, Book Scrutiny, Pupil Voice and Learning Environment reviews. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans.
All of this helps to monitor the curriculum and raise the aspirations of our children, ensuring they leave Manor Park with a secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered and the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry