History at Christ Church

Intent

At Christ Church Primary School, we believe in inspiring all children to want to know more about the past, igniting their curiosity and providing them with historical skills to encourage them to think and act as historians.

Learning is linked to a range of topics and children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, establish an overview of Britain’s history as well as that of the wider world, understand chronology and to communicate historically.

Our children will build on their prior learning and therefore extend their understanding of historical periods of time whilst drawing comparisons and making connections between the different time periods.

We are committed to providing children with opportunities to gain an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.

They will also be encouraged to think critically about history and will have the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulate and refine questions and lines of enquiry. 

Our children will be able to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources. They will have a respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.

Children at Christ Church will develop a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 

They will also have a desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

The children will also explore history within the context of the immediate and wider local area, enabling them to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.

We also believe in immersing our children in realistic experiences and providing exciting learning opportunities both in school and also outside of the classroom on educational visits.

 

Implementation

The history curriculum is led and overseen by the history and curriculum lead. A regular programme of monitoring, evaluation / review and the celebration of good practice will contribute to the on-going commitment to evolve and improve further. The teaching, learning and sequence of the history curriculum follows a block curriculum approach which has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in all skills related to history.

Key Stage 1

The historical skills will focus on:

  • The world around them and their living memory of history before moving to events that go beyond living history. This will ensure a firm foundation for Key Stage 2 History.
  • The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements - scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti.
  • Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2

The History curriculum is set out in chronological order to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year on year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

  • Understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Connection and historical links
  • Interpretation of history 
  • Historical enquiry
  • Children are taught the sequence of skills and knowledge and lessons will develop long term memory by allowing for repetition of learning year on year
  • The use of knowledge organisers are to aide teachers in planning their knowledge and skills and children in understanding the expectations by the end of the topic. 
  • Key vocabulary is taught within the topic and reinforced subsequently.

History Progression

Please click the link below to view the progression for History.

History Progression for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

 

Year Group Progression 

 


Topic Cycle

At Christ Church we follow a two year cycle to ensure all children learn about a variety of History and Geography topics throughout their time at Primary School. 

Topic Cycle 1 

Topic Cycle 2 

World War 1 Curriculum Weeks

This term we have completed two weeks focused on World War 1. The children completed a variety of cross curricular lessons all with the emphasis on developing their Historical knowledge.

Armistice Celebration

As a school we were involved with the Armistice Celebration at Chadderton Town Hall. We worked alongside Chadderton Historical Society and six other schools to create 1,200 poppies and created a giant poppy. We then attended the Remembrance Service and lay a wreath.