Our main aims at Cronton CE in teaching history are to:
Gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, and link this to the local areas of Cronton, Widnes and Liverpool .
Inspire curiosity to know more about the past by developing skills to implement historical enquiries by asking questions, thinking critically, examining artefacts and evidence and developing perspective and judgement.
Gain a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of historical vocabulary and be able to use it appropriately.
To ensure that our children can discuss historical events and link and compare between different eras and be able to place them on a timeline.
To use key skills, key knowledge and key vocabulary
The History curriculum has been reviewed and redesigned recently. In KS 1 classes study significant people and events and aspects of change over time. In KS2 it is mapped out broadly chronologically with each KS2 class studying an ancient era as well as a period of British history. Each year group also studies an aspect of local history. In KS1 these link in with local important events and local significant people and in KS2 children learn about the local area starting with the immediate vicinity of our school and village in Y3 of Liverpool and leading out to the city of Liverpool in Y6.
The curriculum has been designed so that there are opportunities for children to revisit prior learning and make links and comparisons across different eras. Lessons follow the five part lesson format as outlined below.
History 5 part lesson
This five part lesson has been designed to ensure that the children develop vocabulary , knowledge and skills within the history curriculum. The main aims of our history curriculum are to provide understanding of chronology, develop enquiry skills, know about the legacy of historical eras, events and people and be able to make comparisons
There is no set time to be given for each section and certain lessons may have more emphasis on one part for example when developing a timeline. The experience of the teacher should be used to know when to move on with certain aspects and when to stay longer. The five parts may be presented in a different order depending on the relevance and appropriateness for that lesson.
5 Part Lesson
Vocabulary - Recap/ introduce new vocabulary
Hook Introduce the lesson by a question
Chronology--Develop understanding of chronology through timelines and dates
Knowledge and Enquiry skills- Interpret sources and introduce new knowledge
Presentation- Present findings and knowledge
Children should be taught in mixed ability groups or pairs for lessons. This is to support the lower and middle attainers get peer support during the enquiry sections.
We have recently invested in a variety of artefacts and sources to develop, enhance and structure the lessons. We also have a large scale timeline which allows children to place the period studied into chronological contact.
Key Recurring Historical Aspects and themes
Throughout our History topics there are key recurring themes which help when we compare different events, periods and people in history.
Legacy – understanding of how the past has affected the present will be studied in all topics
Rulers , Leaders and key figures – understanding of how rulers, leaders and important figures have shaped the present
Democracy, Law and Justice – understanding how civilisations and countries have been governed in different time periods.
Spirituality – importance of faith in different time periods, including how countries have differing belief systems and how these have developed
War, conflict and invasion – understanding of the importance of war, conflict and invasions in shaping and defining different time periods