History at Banks Road Primary School
Subject Leader- Mrs Dornan
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – History.
At Banks Road Primary we have shaped our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to understand the importance of learning about the past.
At Banks Road, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past, Liverpool’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of visitors and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. The Opening Worlds teaching approach includes ten practical techniques which ensures high-leverage teaching. These techniques include systematic introduction and revisiting of new vocabulary, well-told stories with beautifully written narratives and effective questioning, making lessons pacey, oral, interactive and fun. It has a coherent, chronological and rigorous structure that ensures that links are not only made across individual subjects but also across each of the topics covered. This means that knowledge is gradually and successfully built upon and children make explicit links using their previous knowledge. This is consistently revisited and retrieved, which ensures children build their schema of knowledge.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Banks Road are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, to understand the importance of historical events and therefore encourage them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.