History Subject Statement
At North Walsall Primary Academy, we want our pupils to view history as a fun and interesting subject and encourage our children to be inquisitive and want to find out more about theirs and others past. The children are encouraged, through the teaching of history, to have an understanding of the past though learning about human achievements and experiences. They will investigate sources such as pictures, stories, writing and artefacts to ask questions about the past and how these impacts the world we live in today. Children will understand our history in a chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped where we live and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. We aim to give the children a history curriculum which enables them to become confident, creative and independent learners.
We primarily start history in the Early Years with this area coming under Understanding the World along with links to Geography and Science. As the child moves through Key stage One and Two, we examine the children’s own personal history and develop the sense of chronology through the study of topics. We seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences through educational visits, visitors, experimental exploration and discovery. We believe that within history lessons our children acquire a range of knowledge and skills which they can then apply to other subjects and a variety of situations.
At North Walsall we use the ‘Cornerstones’ Programme to support the development of our teaching and learning. In Key stage One we look at ‘Childhood’ where we learn about changes over time, looking for example at the Coronation of Elizabeth II and compare changes between the 1950s to the present day. In Year 2 we look at ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ where we learn about events beyond living memory, that are significant nationally or globally. In Key stage 2 we begin to study in more detail about history. In Year 3, in the topic ‘Tribal Tales’ the children develop knowledge of prehistoric times, learning how human culture and land was using during Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. In Year 4 the children develop their knowledge of the Romans and Celts, comparing two cultures. As the children progressively build on their learning from Key Stage One, they are continuing to develop awareness of the past, understand historical concepts, methods of enquiry and gaining perspective in this area through their growing knowledge.
Our engaging, well planned curriculum aims to ensure children leave our school as learners with a love of history and an enquiring mind, wanting to find out more about the past. They will be well prepared for their next steps in education with a background of knowledge and skills and an open mind, accompanied with open questions.