At Liberty Primary School, we deliver the National Curriculum objectives through topics carefully selected from the Cornerstones scheme, ensuring breadth and balance across all subject areas. Where possible, we use a cross-curricular approach and we choose themed texts to support our learning in each topic. Through this approach we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about 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. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum through Cornerstones that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is mapped out across the curriculum using the Cornerstones topics focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Liberty Primary School, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, our pupils understanding the local area but also the history behind how our school came about to.
At Liberty Primary School, children have the opportunity to record their learning in different ways. Evidence is dependent on the lesson objective, year groups and key knowledge and skills being developed. Progression of skills maps ensure children develop key Historical skills over time. Plans have been developed to indicate the key learning, vocabulary and skills required for that particular unit of work. Teachers use a range of assessment tools to indicate the progress children have made and the key knowledge they have gained.
The impact of our themed curriculum will ensure that children:
- Develop a chronologically secure knowledge of history;
- Use appropriate Historical terms;
- Identify historically significant people;
- Describe and make links between events, situations and changes within and across different periods and societies.