“We are not makers of History. We are made by History.” Martin Luther King Jr.
At Loscoe, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History and base our teaching and planning on this. Through following the National Curriculum and shaping this to our own engaging topics we have ensured that the content of the curriculum has been covered by the time a pupil leaves Loscoe in Year 6. During these topics the pupils at Loscoe will learn about real people and real events in the past. They will consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, the pupils will develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Loscoe C of E, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our subject intent is to:
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the best they can be. History is taught through a topic based approach at Loscoe. All Teachers understand the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression throughout each year group across the school. In History, pupils at Loscoe, find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusion.
We implement our intent through:
Our history curriculum offers high quality and well planned lessons which encourage progression. Continuity and progression in the curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills within History. Through our curriculum, pupils learn to think critically, ask perceptive questions and evaluate evidence.
By the time the children at Loscoe leave our school they should have developed:
∙ A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.
∙ The ability to think critically about history and communicate 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, forming 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 judgements.
∙ A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
At Loscoe C of E Primary, we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum, however we adapt this to meet the local needs of our children and enrichment opportunities. We work on a one year cycle in EYFS, a one year cycle in Key Stage 1 and a two year cycle in Key Stage 2. The complete lists of historical figures that we will cover can be found in our school’s medium term plans, as these are often related to our topics. We will however cover a wide variety of men and women from different cultures and backgrounds.
Throughout their school life the children have the opportunity to go on various historical visits linked to the topics the children are studying in school. Making children aware of their local history is very important to us. The subject leader and class teachers make links to all Loscoe’s local history through the Cornerstone topics wherever possible. For example, when EYFS covers local history such as, ‘important events in the school's history’, the children will learn about the history of our school building, including when it was built. In KS1, the children will explore the Great Fire of London, during which they will also consider their local history and how buildings have changed over time in the local area. In KS2, local history will be considered when the Year 5/6 children explore the British wars. The children will make links to Loscoe Dam, Mining in Loscoe and the local war memorials. We also invite local visitors to talk about history in the area and within their living memory. Visitors, theatre groups and artefacts are used to engage children in historical topics.
There are many careers which require knowledge and enthusiasm for history. These include:
At Loscoe, we aim to develop SMSC through History by:
At Loscoe, we aim to promote British values through History. British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded in the History curriculum.
Students explore issues such as democracy in their historical context and relate them to the modern day through studying periods such as Ancient Greece. This enables the students to understand how, overtime, changes happen and to evaluate their impact. By looking at the achievements of famous British people (KS1), students develop an awareness of how they have influenced and shaped the country in which we live. This includes an appreciation of their work. Teaching students to respect and value diversity is encouraged in the day to day teaching and learning through showing respect for different viewpoints and ideas as well as in the ability to work effectively together both individually and in groups.
At Loscoe C of E Primary, we want to give our children an open, respectful and realistic mindset. Through history we can look at how individuals and groups of people were discriminated against for reasons of gender, race, sex, religious beliefs and compare this to how similar groups of people are treated now in both the UK and across the globe. We can also use the experiences of the past to learn how to behave in the future.
Useful websites and local visits
War memorial in Loscoe and Staveley
Museum in Derby