Subject Leader: Mr K McGoldrick
DRAFT History Curriculum Intent Statement
At St. Pius X we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum. Our ambitious History curriculum fulfils the National Curriculum requirements and we use the Key Stage History (https://www.keystagehistory.co.uk/) as a tool to help us deliver the objectives. The have created a long term plan using a selection of medium term plans available to match our curriculum needs and to ensure History is coherently planned, sequenced and has rigorous progression to enable children to reach their full potential as historians and gain the knowledge and skills required through an enquiry based learning approach to allow pupils to succeed in life. Our skills progression allows teaching and learning of history to be easily adapted to meet the needs of all our pupils. History has meaningful links to other subjects such as Reading, Writing, Geography and Art and Design. As a Catholic school our faith underpins our key teachings and pupils learn the importance of the history of our local area, including our own school and church.
History units is taught termly in Key Stage 1 and every other half term in Key Stage 2 . Our teachers tailor the history to meet the needs of our pupils as well as matching it to the school context.
Long Term Plan
National Curriculum Coverage
Progression in Skills
At the end of each academic year, staff will assess each child against the year group learning goals (see below). Staff use formative assessment to assess against the learning goals on Scholarpack to make an end of year summative judgement.
Drawing on the evidence built up through the enquiry, a ‘best fit’ judgement for each pupil can now be made. A holistic approach should always be taken at this point. It may be that not all the ancillary questions of an enquiry have been covered at the same level of depth and perhaps others, from time to time, may not have been taught at all. Notwithstanding, the judgement should be based on what the pupils have been taught. Separate assessment criteria should not be judged in isolation. The essential thing is for teachers to draw on their professional knowledge and judgement of each pupil – what they now know, understand and can do - gathered over the year when making their summative judgement.
Enrichment & Cultural Capital
We aim to constantly improve our enrichment and cultural capital offering in History. Currently, the the subject is enhanced by the following:
- Sankey Project
- Local Historian Workshops
- British Legion Veteran’s Talk
- Remembrance Assembly & Coffee Morning
- Ex Staff & Pupil Talks
- History of the Church (see booklet)
- London: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral (guided tour)
- London: Visit the Tower of London
- Trips link to History topic inc. Furness Abbey, Hadrian’s Wall, Muncaster Castle, Beamish, etc