At Alverstoke Junior School, it is our intent to deliver a high quality history curriculum, which inspires pupils to be curious and fascinated about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our aim is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. 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 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 pertinent 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 fieldwork and educational visits.
The implementation of history is through an enquiry based approach. The history lead has identified key knowledge and skills for each unit. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following: chronological understanding; knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past; connection and historical links; and historical enquiry. All units will start with an exploration of the lead concept and a recap of prior learning centred around this concept. This will be scaffolded to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will explicitly model the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.
The impact of learning history at Alverstoke Junior School is that by the end of Year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and Egypt. Our historians will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past. Children will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in. They will also have a further understanding of history on a local level.