Our intent is for history to be a fascinating and awe-inspiring subject that opens up a world of enquiry, empathy, skills and knowledge that impact beyond the classroom walls.
By the time our pupils leave our school, they will have:
- an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past and that of our own village.
- confidence to question and reflect critically.
- the ability to expertly communicate their knowledge in a range of different ways.
- experience with and respect for historical sources as a way to gain evidence and seek information;
- the ability to listen to alternative viewpoints with respect and interest
- a developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
At Stamford Bridge, these skills are embedded from the very beginning of curriculum development to ensure rich learning opportunities for our inspired children. This includes a variety of educational visits to make learning come to life.
Underpinned by the aims of the national curriculum, and in liaison with our secondary colleagues, we have ensured that our history curriculum is dedicated to developing a series of skills that will impact across the curriculum and throughout their education. This is evident in our new assessment criteria.
Topics are studied through our two-year rolling program, to allow us to build on prior knowledge. We also involve our local area where possible. We greatly value rich and varied learning experiences, teaching historical knowledge and skills through many different methods, including drama, art and geography. As a staff team, we are passionate about developing the subject further through cross-curricular writing opportunities. All teaching takes into account prior learning, plans for opportunities for assessment and identifies suitable future targets.
This year, we are also raising the profile of our fascinating local historical event, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, by participating in a themed week which will also involve parents and members of our local community. This is vital to our school and village identity.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
Children leave our school with excellent knowledge of a range of historical time periods and a deeper understanding of the values of people around the world and in their own village.
At Stamford Bridge, children learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. They understand and accept change and are able to reflect on its impact. As they progress through the school, they learn to communicate their understanding in a range of effective ways and use age-appropriate historical language.
Just as importantly, they leave our school with a love of history and a desire to continue their education, able to take on their next steps ready for the KS3 curriculum.