We aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We believe that history is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but also is woven and should be an integral part of all learning. History has had an impact on the lives and experiences of everyone today. We live in a society shaped by significant events and people of the past. It is important for children to understand cultural, national and international history as a way of creating a shared identity; it should also be inclusive, reflecting the heritage of the people making up our school community and the stories of minorities that may be lost if we do not tell them - as such there is a correlation between our history curriculum and the school's equality objectives.
We aim to equip our children to use critical thinking and creativity to understand the way that the world is always changing. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about local history (the county we live in isn't known as Royal Berkshire without reason!) as well as the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. Chronology is the air history breathes. It enables pupils to place their learning within the bigger picture and better remember historical people, periods and events. Without chronology, children’s historical understanding will remain limited and we aim, through our history curriculum and its teaching, for them to understand when events happened in time. The pupils will be given more opportunities to know how a historian works by increased engagement with primary and secondary sources of evidence. As children develop their skills and knowledge they will be equipped for higher education and beyond. We want our children to enjoy and love learning about history not just through experiences in the classroom, but also through the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, through Quality First Teaching, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as a separate subject focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and in association with related subjects as part of the term's topic work . The school focuses on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to engage with the social, political and economic changes of the world around us. We will explore their attitudes towards history and how it has an impact on society in the modern world. History is an essential part of learning.
At All Saints, children study specific periods of time in a chronological context. To this end, the placement of historical events within timelines is an important aspect of pupils' understanding. In Lower School, pupils should develop an awareness of chronology, be able to employ dates and terms to describe the past and realise that the past can be divided into periods. Later, in Upper School, pupils produce work making appropriate use of dates and terms such as ancient, modern, BCE (understanding the alternative BC) and CE (AD), civilisation, century and decade. However, for chronology teaching to be effective it is carefully planned and reinforced through fast-paced, engaging activities. Children will continue to develop the concepts of historical enquiry by beginning to differentiate between primary and secondary sources and make independent evaluations of historical events. They will be able to build up an understanding of chronology from ancient history to modern time.
Lessons are planned by Class Teachers by adapting resources that have been carefully selected and curated by the History Subject Leader.
Pupils will be able to understand historical concepts and vocabulary and have an understanding of the events and people that have shaped the world that we live in today. They will have developed skills such as problem solving, asking and answering questions, testing and evaluating hypotheses as well as developing a sense of intrigue. The children will be well equipped with the historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. All of this will be evident from the assessment data collated by Class Teachers as each history topic is delivered and assessed. Over time, the progress and attainment of pupils is evidenced and reported to parents annually. The delivery of the history curriculum is monitored by the History Subject Leader, who reports appropriately to Senior Leaders and Governors.
Please use this form to contact Mrs Malhotra, the History Leader.