“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” – Pearl Buck

“History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.” – National Curriculum

What does History at Fieldhead Carr look like?

At Fieldhead Carr we aim for our History curriculum to develop our pupil’s passion for history, which promotes their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why we have got to where we are now. We use our history lessons to expand children’s understanding of the lives of significant individuals and key events from the past and to learn about specific periods in history and the history of our local area. We see history as a tool to ask questions, use sources of evidence, use appropriate historical vocabulary and compare, identify and describe the past, to deepen pupil’s knowledge of the wider world’s history and diversity.

The 4 Threshold Concepts

Investigate and interpret the past

This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.

Build an overview of world history

This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.

Understand chronology

This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.

Communicate historically

This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.

There are 3 milestones, which give objectives for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2, these objectives build upon each other to show progression through the years. The milestones work on a two year cycle to enable pupils to have full coverage of the objectives and consolidate concepts.

Using this way of planning and teaching ensures that each area of focus is broken down into specific expectations allowing the children to develop new knowledge and skills and then build on these as they progress through the school.

Throughout the History units planned and taught at Fieldhead Carr, other subjects are also woven through where appropriate such as geography, art and design, design and technology, cooking and nutrition and computing. Within the history topics, we try and provide the children with visits and visitors to allow their knowledge and skills to be extended. These visit and visitors are sometimes used to hook the children into their theme, during the theme to develop knowledge or at the end of the theme apply their knowledge. The topics children study offer scope to also use a variety of historical resources. Key technical vocabulary is identified for each unit, allowing children to build a rich bank of historical language.

Here are the periods of time that are studied over the school year to cover the 3 Threshold Concepts

Black History is studied in Autumn Term by every year group.