History at Christ the Sower focuses on the study of the past and present civilisations. It chronicles, investigates and explains the past and helps understanding of the present through reference to records and artefacts left by previous generations. The History curriculum is designed with the National Curriculum objectives in mind for Key Stage 1 and 2. It is taught in a way that supports the development and growth in knowledge, through establishing a love for learning and demonstrated within the key skills. The reoccurring themes and concepts within different historical periods build on the engaging units of work taught here at CtS.
At CtS the teaching of History plays an important part in fulfilling our vision to teach children to CARE:
- Make choices and understand choices that have been made in the past
- Appreciate our society and contributions of the past and present of significant individuals
- Reflect on what we can learn from the past and add to the present to benefit the future
- Engage with society and take responsibility for our impact
History is taught as a discrete subject, in topics that link to the overall learning of the half term. Each topic begins with finding out what we already know and what the children would like to know, which helps us plan for learning.
Each half-term has a History or Geography focus with each topic consisting of 5 weeks of teaching and learning opportunities. Where possible the teaching of History is enriched through exploring links with other areas of the curriculum, such as English, Art, and DT to engage the children in their learning, as well as trips and visits. There is a whole school Curriculum overview that plans the program and sequence of study for Y1 to Y6. Children are taught within their year group and generally as a whole class. When necessary individual or group work might be differentiated so that it is accessible by a range of abilities and different SEN needs as well as challenging those working at a deeper level.
Teachers assess children’s progress in History throughout the different topics. Occasionally, work in History will be used for assessment in other curriculum areas such as Reading, Writing and Maths, for example letters, diary entries and postcards. Equally, work within children’s English books can be used to assess the understanding of the topic through extended pieces of writing and this can demonstrate the key vocabulary being used. Children are assessed through the work in their books, creative work, a range of open and closed questioning, individual and group work, self-assessment and their contributions to lessons.