Subject Lead: Mrs Lubomski/ Mr Gilhooly
In our study of history at St Stephen’s , we intend that our children will develop:
At St Stephens, we strive for children to think as historians.
We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources and give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance.
As much as possible, we utilise our area of Skipton to celebrate our local history and make learning more meaningful and relevant. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past.
We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions about topics studied.
Emphasis is placed on the development of knowledge and a historical perspective alongside new skills.
We recognise that in all classes, children have a wide range of ability in History. We seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by:
We also recognise that children learn differently and therefore seek to provide a variety of ways in which children can present their work. Some examples of this are:
Pupils leave St Stephen's with a secure understanding of the History
curriculum, developing a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the historical richness of the local area and its place within the wider historical context
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Assessing children’s knowledge and understanding of topics before and after the units are taught.
• Marking of written work in books.
• Interviewing pupils about their learning.
• Book scrutiny and learning walks where there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
• Summative assessment of pupils' learning three times a year.