The History Curriculum at Greensted
At Greensted Junior School we have carefully shaped our History curriculum to ensure it is completely inclusive to all the pupils at our School. Our lessons have been moulded to encompass all of the requirements of the National Curriculum for History. 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. Therefore, we have created a curriculum which allows progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and importantly demonstrates progression of skills.
At Greensted, we follow a clear progression of skills in History. Click the logo to find out more!
History Skills Progression
At Greensted Junior School we believe that high-quality History lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
As a school, it is our aim to instil a love of History in all our children. To ensure we do this we work hard to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interests and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. It is our goal to ensure children enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills, not just in the classroom but also out of the classroom. To support this, we run captivating School trips and workshops which really brings History alive to all of our pupils.
At Greensted, subject leads strive to make planning and lessons outstanding. To ensure teachers are well supported when delivering lessons, we have regular book moderations within the MAT and School to discuss and share great practise.
Additionally, subject leads are proactive working across the School to observe how their subject is being taught in each year group. This allows us to reflect and communicate with our colleagues and enables us to become the expert in our subject. When I next monitor History, I will be focussing on the skills to progression in each lesson and ensure learning objectives have been modified to support this.
Furthermore, to continue the high standards of teaching and learning in History, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole School. Greensted teach History as part of a half termly topic (Year 6 look at WW2 over two half terms), which focus on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. To ensure History is given the same importance to core subjects we ensure there are ample opportunities for cross curricular learning.
It is our responsibility to ensure that children enjoy History lessons and look forward to finding out more about the past. Additionally, it is also our duty to allow children to explore and have discussions that are rich and meaningful. We want to encourage pupils to research independently to further their own enjoyment and fascination about the topic or subject. Books will show evidence of work showing a range of topics covered, cross curriculum links and differentiated work.
Furthermore, it is my responsibility during monitoring sessions to ensure standards in History will be high and will match standards in other subjects such as English. Conclusively, our end goal is to ensure that the children at Greensted Junior School are equipped with historical skills and knowledge ready for their journey into Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the great wide world.