As a school we believe that high quality History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps them to understand their life in the present by exploring the context of the past. It teaches children about the world in which they live now and how it has been shaped and influenced over time and that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Our History curriculum focuses on pupils acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing historical skills - this ensures that the curriculum is both broad and balanced. We also want pupils to build a growing understanding of their own humanity by exploring both the great achievements and the great problems of the people in the past.
To ensure high standards of teaching, History at Shawfield is taught through a series of key questions linked to the specified periods in time and significant historical figures which ensures coverage of the national curriculum. Each year group studies at least two units a year which are delivered in 6 week blocks of approximately 1 hour/week. Each unit is the key driver in the curriculum for that period of time and is a key factor in raising the status of history within the curriculum. Key vocabulary is introduced to the children within the unit of work and is displayed in classrooms to support this.
Children at Shawfield enjoy learning about the past and are able to talk confidently about different historical figures and different periods in history. Evidence of a broad and balanced curriculum can be seen in pupils’ history books.