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Curriculum – History

History is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school has devised a programme of study linked to other foundation subjects to ensure that History skills can be taught in a meaningful way, utilizing the Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum. This curriculum is cross-referenced to the programs of study of the National Curriculum, and Chris Quigley and provides comprehensive skills development. In order to meet statutory requirements our school has divided up the breadth of study into a two-year cycle. We carry out the curriculum planning in History in three phases: long-term, medium-term and short-term. History is planned through creative and purposeful learning opportunities within the class learning

Teaching and Learning

A variety of enriching teaching approaches are encouraged:

  • Teacher presentations, role-play and story telling.
  • Question and answer sessions, discussions and debates.
  • Individual and group research and presentations.
  • Investigating artefacts, maps, photographs, paintings and other documents as sources of evidence.
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of sources of evidence.
  • Computing- interactive white board and internet resources, CD ROMs, TV and other visual and audio resources.
  • Well-stocked Topic and Artefact Boxes for each area of the History curriculum. Access to other Artefact Loan Boxes from the Museums Service in Suffolk.
  • Fieldwork, visitors and visits to museums and sites of historic interest.
  • Special Events: History Days or Weeks such as Black History Month, Greek/Roman Feasts, Battle Re-enactments, Olympic Games, Shakespeare workshops, the Anglo-Saxon village and an ‘Archaeological Dig’.

Emphasis is placed on the development of enquiry skills and empathy, as well as on factual knowledge. A creative approach to the History curriculum by both teachers and children is encouraged. Links are recommended between History, Literacy, Citizenship, Science, Technology and other curriculum areas wherever possible. This makes it more likely that a rich humanities curriculum can be delivered, as well as providing a more creative, enjoyable approach to teaching and learning.