History at Kingslea is a powerful subject in the curriculum as it is one of the main drivers of the school’s Learning Journeys. In teaching History we aim to inspire a curiosity to know about the past; to encourage pupils to become ‘detectives’ who explore history in an exciting way and develop an appreciation of our country’s rich heritage. In History we teach children to develop their research and communication skills. Children are encouraged to be open minded and become enquiring thinkers who can compare, contrast and develop an understanding of cause and effect. We want them to question how people have lived in the past, to examine how and why things have changed and their influence on the present. The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
Each year group follows at least one history based learning journey during the academic year. In each Key Stage the children will develop their skills under two main themes: Investigating and Interpreting the past and Building an overview of World History. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible and we value opportunities for children to consolidate their understanding of History through exciting theme days and subjects such as Drama, Art, Music and DT. This approach will enrich their learning and give pupils a chance to explore a wide range of resources and historical characters from which the past may come alive. Learning is made meaningful through handling real artefacts, field work visits to sites of historical interest and the personal history of individuals in the local community who can share their experiences of the past with the children.
At Kingslea pupils enjoy History. This is evident from interviews where children talk enthusiastically about the historical journeys they have been on.
The knowledge and skills the children develop, and the progress they make is evidenced from the pupil interviews, observations and work scrutinies carried out over the year. By the end of Key Stage 2 the children are able to enquire, search for and examine evidence, imaginatively reconstruct the past and question why versions of the past differ. The Learning Journeys clearly demonstrate the children’s pride and level of skill development.