Here at Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, we want to ensure that our pupils have a good understanding about how events and decisions shape and form our history. Pupils must understand :
- that history is based on cause and effect
- historical overlaps on the world stage using an overlapping timeline, linking events in different parts of the world
- how to think critically about historical events from different points of view and discern the veracity of various sources
- how people and events have shaped history, and know their own role in the future
How we teach History:
History is taught following the National Curriculum which will help pupils to gain an understanding of Britain's past, making links to the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to be curious about events that have shaped their lives today and the society within which they live. Critical thinking plays a major factor in pupils learning; sifting through information and questioning the veracity of such. 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.
How we ensure access for all:
We plan and prepare lessons that engage all pupils, heightening their curiosity. Using objects and artefacts from the past ensures that every child has access to the learning; this is also supported through videos, books and other visual media. For pupils who demonstrate a greater knowledge and depth, they are encouraged to share their knowledge through presentations and discussions.
How we develop cultural capital:
Pupils visit historical sites such as West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Ragged school museum, Museum of London, to name a few. Pupils also benefit from practical learning through 'Hook days' - re-living life through drama and role play days, from the era being studied. These have provided pupils with a deeper knowledge of how life was lived in the past. Wherever possible, parents are invited to participate. In addition, each class holds an assembly to parents and the whole school, sharing their understanding of the period.
How we know your child is succeeding:
Success is measured through pupils outcomes, (both written and oral), school learning fairs - pupils present their learning to different year groups, debates, teacher conferencing, pupil voice (pupils discuss their learning with the subject leader) to name a few.
How you can support your child:
There are lots of websites to help children with their learning; in addition, museums are free of charge - a great day out for the family during summer holidays. Tasks can be set up during a visit, asking a child to find out as much information as they can about topics and eras. Here are some useful links:
If you would like to find out more information please contact:
History Subject Leader
Ms. Joy Osobu