At Ovingham C of E First School, children will develop an understanding of the history of their local area and community. They will explore historical events in a respectful way and make links to other curriculum subjects. Inspiring, enjoyable, relevant experiences are offered where children develop historical skills, consider the environmental impact and become responsible citizens of the future. We equip pupils with the skills and confidence to ask perceptive questions, think critically, develop a good sense of chronology while developing a sense of perspective and judgement.
The purpose of History in the national Curriculum is to help pupils gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The curriculum aims to ensure that pupils know and understand the history of the British Isles from the earliest times to the present day and how peoples’ lives have shaped the nation. Other aims include the pupils being able to understand significant aspects of history of the wider world and to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities, differences, connections and contrasts.
History is taught through fun and engaging topics linked directly to the National Curriculum. Planning enables pupils to build their knowledge and skills week by week so that by the end of a topic they have a secure subject knowledge. History lessons allow children to develop a sense of chronology using timelines and sequencing of events and where possible links are made to foundation subject areas such as art, design and technology, geography, music and computing. Pupils are also provided with opportunities to develop their skills in core subjects such as writing diary entries based on the Titanic, using a Venn Diagram to sort toys from the past / present and looking at different materials when building model houses for the Great fire of London topic. History displays incorporate examples of work and also new words which help develop vocabulary skills and support the development of a language-rich environment.
Progress in History is monitored termly to ensure all pupils meet their full potential. Teachers use effective questioning during lessons to check pupils’ understanding of the content and support them to explain how this builds on what they have learnt before.
History teaching is detailed in our topic webs.