At Walton-le-Dale Primary School, we want our children to know where they came from, what came before them and give them a real sense of time.
Our History curriculum offers a high-quality history education where pupils will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
Our History curriculum is knowledge led and vocabulary rich, which enables our children to leave school inspired by knowledge of the past.
Throughout their learning, the children hear and ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
Historical concepts play a pivotal role in the development of our history curriculum.
They are regularly revisited and built upon through year groups and across key stages to allow our children to continue to develop and strengthen their understanding.
Each of our History studies, along with the knowledge that has gone into developing them, has been thoughtfully selected around the National Curriculum and our historical concepts.
They are designed to build children’s cultural capital whilst being relevant, engaging and meaningful as the they build a wealth and depth of experience of historically significant people, events and periods in time.
From Year 2, children begin and end each study with a learning journal entry. These graphic organisers show the teacher and child what they have learnt and offer an insight into the child's understanding of the interconnected elements they have encountered within the study. They also show the progress each child has made, without extended writing being a barrier.
Also from Year 2, children create an end of study essay, which allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, enabling progress to be monitored whilst offering increased opportunities for sustained, purposeful writing at length.
Our children begin to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will begin to understand where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework.
The children learn about their recent history and recent changes through the use of a fictional character, ‘Grandad and his suitcase’. Our children study the history of our local area and significant events, such as the cotton mills, Sir Tom Finney, the first motorway junction and the dawn of fast food.
They then move on to look at significant British disasters and their impact on Britain and the world: The Great Plague, The Great Fire of London and the sinking of the Titanic. The final study in Key Stage 1 is on ‘Pioneers’, where they look at the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, such as Christopher Columbus, Rosa Parks, The Wright Brothers and Emily Pankhurst.
In Key Stage 2, each year group will be made up of two studies of depth, running in chronological order. Children begin their journey in each year group by tackling a British history study ranging from Pre-History all the way throughto The Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Industrial Revolution and Battles and Monarchs of Britain.
Following this, each year the children delve into the Ancient World and study the ways and achievements of the early civilizations, from Ancient Egypt to Greece and Baghdad – enabling our childrento see connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop historical terms.