History

PHILOSOPHY

At Roe Green Infant and Roe Green Strathcona schools we believe that history should fire children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children should learn how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, and what beliefs and cultures made people act the way they did. This will help them develop a sense of identity and develop continuity with the past.

We provide active learning opportunities through first hand, practical experience. Children have access to artefacts, books, internet, videos, visitors, theatre workshops and museums. Children are encouraged to explore, ask questions and express ideas about the past. We create attractive displays in order to stimulate our learning environment and encourage exploration of artefacts.

Children communicate their knowledge of history in a variety of ways. We provide opportunities to write and produce for a variety of audiences and occasions. Children talk, participate in role play, produce art work and models, use grids, make time lines and use ICT (the internet) as well as prepare class assemblies based on current history units.

 

PURPOSES

  • To develop understanding of changes in their own lives and in the lives of their families. 
  • To help children develop chronological understanding of significant events and people. 
  • To expose them to the diversity of human experience so that they can learn more about themselves as individuals and members of society. 
  • To ensure that children learn through the exploration of evidence so that they can begin to reach their own conclusions. 
  • To help children develop skills of interpretation, enquiry, questioning and communication. 

  

TEACHING AND LEARNING

How do we teach history?

We teach history in a variety of ways according to the demands of the task: Whole class, Group work – mixed and same ability groups, pairs. Tasks are differentiated by outcome, the resources used, support and appropriate challenge. We provide active learning opportunities through first hand, practical experience. Children have access to artefacts, books, internet, videos, visitors, theatre workshops and museums. Children are encouraged to explore, ask questions and express ideas about the past. We create attractive displays in order to stimulate our learning environment and encourage exploration of artefacts.

Children communicate their knowledge of history in a variety of ways. We provide opportunities to write and produce for a variety of audiences and occasions. Children talk, participate in role play, produce art work and models, use grids, make time lines and use ICT (the internet) as well as prepare class assemblies based on current history units

 

RESOURCES

Resources can be found in the resource room. Each topic’s resources are stored in labelled boxes that can be taken to classrooms and distributed easily amongst the year group. Plans and resources can be accessed on shared computer system.

 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & INCLUSION

We provide a variety of learning experiences that meet the needs of all pupils regardless of gender, race, religion, economic background and fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Children access the curriculum at the appropriate level, thus ensuring differentiation and progression.

ASSESSMENT

Formative assessment identifies children’s progress against the teaching objectives. These can be matched to the expectations outlined in each topic. A class record sheet based on the end of unit expectations is to be completed at the end of each unit. Overall comments on children’s achievement at the end of all units, will help match children’s achievement to the level descriptors in the National Curriculum. Annotated samples of work also act as a useful assessment indicator. Children’s progress will be communicated to parents in a written report at the end of the school year.