The History Subject Leader is Mrs Giles
Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.
They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:
- Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
- Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.
Threshold Concepts in History
These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.
Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.
- Investigate and interpret the past
This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.
- Build an overview of world history
This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.
- Understand chronology
This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.
- Communicate historically
This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.
Essential Characteristics of History
Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
- The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
- A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
Breadth of Study
The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:
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• The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements – scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti.
• Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
|• Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
• The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain.
• Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots.
• The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.
• A local history study.
• A study of a theme in British history.
• Early Civilizations achievements and an in-depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient
Egypt; The Shang Dynasty.
• Ancient Greece.
• A non- European society that contrasts with British history
• Early Islamic Civilization
• Mayan Civilization
History of interest to pupils*
* Items marked * are not statutory.
Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.
Useful Curriculum Links:
History Association – https://www.history.org.uk/primary/categories/resource-sharing-hub-primary
Teaching History, supported by The British Museum – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history –http://www.teachinghistory100.org/
Open Culture – 6000 digital history books for children to read online – http://www.openculture.com/2016/08/enter-an-archive-of-6000-historical-childrens-books-all-digitized-and-free-to-read-online.html