At Wirksworth Junior School, we believe that history should enable our pupils to understand the impact people have had on the world and the ways in which societies work. Through history, we can learn to appreciate and respect societies different in time and place from our own. develop a coherent picture of British and World history, by developing a chronological understanding of historical periods and exploring the achievements of past civilizations.
Our curriculum content has been carefully chosen
We hope to equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to
To ensure that our pupils are able to learn about significant historical periods in-depth, we have made the decision to ‘block’ the majority of our history teaching into one term per academic year. During their time at Wirksworth Junior School, our pupils will explore significant periods of British and World history, in line with the Key Stage Two National Curriculum.
The foundational knowledge we want our pupils to learn has been carefully selected and mapped out for progression across the school. We create knowledge organisers to focus our teaching, and for pupils to use as a learning tool to free up working memory; we will encourage our pupils to review, revise and quiz themselves on key historical facts that we hope they will learn and remember.
As pupils develop their knowledge, they are encouraged to use it to make meaningful links and apply their understanding of the historical periods and events they study to complex concepts such as migration, conflict, wealth and power, as well as to think in-depth about the ‘Big Philosophical Questions’ linked to each topic area:
Lower Key Stage Two
Also, we aim to ensure that pupils recognise the importance of reading across the curriculum by linking our curriculum concepts and big questions to quality texts. Pupils and teachers are encouraged to make links through display and reference to a timeline and world map in every classroom.
Example Curriculum Overviews
We have created skills progression ladders to ensure that pupils are being taught to use and apply historical skills throughout their learning:
- Chronological understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Historical enquiry
- Historical interpretation
- Organisation and communication
Class teachers use strategies such as questioning, verbal feedback and marking of written work to assess pupils’ knowledge and skills. This assessment is used to inform their planning, lesson content and next steps.
The subject leader monitors history provision across the school to ensure that our curriculum and teaching is having a positive impact on our pupils’ enjoyment and achievement. This is done in a number of ways, such as visiting classrooms to observe the learning environment; creating a portfolio of work for moderation; and having discussions with pupils about their learning.